BROOKLINE – Phil Mickelson is at The Country Club this week and before you ask him about his chances of winning the US Open – they’re not good, according to experts – ask a simple question.
Why is he here?
To win the last major title he has left, he has yet to win and to secure the golf Grand Slam at the age of 52, that’s an easy answer.
Her cake and eating too – that’s the real answer.
Mickelson was on the podium at The Country Club for about 30 minutes on Monday evening and yet he barely said anything. He seldom answered the questions he asked, but in two parts he asked the journalists who asked the questions.
“I don’t like it when you ask a lot of questions,” Mickelson said several times.
He gave little explanation for the decision to join the LIV Golf Tour, where the same 48 players repeatedly compete in a short line-up of events that guarantee that some golfers have won more money than they have won throughout their PGA Tour career. He deflected questions about Saudi-sponsored blood-stained money.
No matter what he does, he has the right to continue on the PGA Tour and play in the events of his choice, even though he, along with others who left the PGA Tour for LIV Golf, has been banned until further notice. .
“I’ve worked hard to get a lifetime membership, I’ve worked hard to get the PGA Tour and golf game back during my professional golf over 30 years, and I’ve got that lifetime membership so I think it should be my chance,” he said.
If Mickelson is to be given any credit for his words on Monday, it’s because he all said what he meant: he did it for the money.
“I think there’s a huge financial commitment,” said Mickelson, who has earned nearly $ 100 million in his famous career on the PGA Tour but will earn $ 200 million just for appearing at LIV Golf events alone, which is not the case. The PGA Tour, however, does not require golfers to perform well.
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan called it “exhibition golf” and it’s not wrong.
Mickelson also praised the lower schedule and ability to “grow the game” while pointing out some youngsters who came out to watch him play at London’s first LIV event last week. Be that as it may, there was poor attendance at the event and LIV tickets were being donated to attract people to the course.
In Brooklin, meanwhile, the course was packed with fans on Monday, the first day of training rounds. The cheapest ticket available in the secondary market was over $ 400 for a single day of the tournament.
So why is Phil here?
Last year, at the age of 50, he won the PGA Championship, becoming the oldest player to win a major. No one over the age of 45 has ever won the U.S. Open.
But in his head, his legacy is already built.
“I’ve done everything I can to help them in the game, help them with the PGA Tour while I’ve been with them, and that’s all I can do,” he said Monday.
Mickelson is too thoughtful, too intelligent, too self-centered to understand what he’s into.
He knows what he’s doing.
This means that Mickelson sold his soul to the devil and eagerly swallowed his destiny for the benefit of his bank account, or, consider this for a moment: he likes to be hated.
Without anyone mastering the sport the way Tiger Woods did, golf needs a criminal as bad as a hero. And leave it to Mickelson, who has only three wins in the PGA Tour in the last nine years, to shake things up a bit.
Gone are the days of making money. If he demands attention and tries to get himself out of the hole because of his accepted gambling problems, why not take the bag offered by the Saudis while committing the evil of golf?
He will lose fans, and he knows that. He will feel in Boston this week as well.
Anyone who has a functioning brain and a heartbeat should lose respect for him, and more will develop a firm hatred for the man. But don’t doubt that in a second some will love you for it.
His oldest and most loyal fans, who have come to love him because of the charm of his individual and his position as one of Tiger’s most formidable competitors, are the ones who will turn him around. Not good for the PGA Tour. Not good for American golf. And it is not good for the greater wealth of mankind.
Maybe one day they will forgive him. Tiger apologized after his extracurricular problems. Athletes are forgiven all the time.
Why does this feel different?
Because it’s personal.
It’s personal for anyone who has taken care of the PGA Tour and seen it great thanks to Tiger and Phil. It’s personal for those who took root in the Phil Ryder Cup, who saw the stripes and stars replaced with class and dignity, now that this same man is being seen taking money from a foreign government with a horrible human rights history while at the same time largely destroying what was built on American soil. the growth of a league that was correct.
It’s personal for anyone who has seen him play at a PGA event and therefore loves golf more.
It’s a long way to win the U.S. Open this week, as most gaming sites don’t even have a chance to bet on it. Or you can bet $ 100 to win $ 10,000 at Mickelson’s popular betting site, Bovada.
So again, why is it in Brooklin this week?