Phil Mickelson started the day with a 20/1 chance to win the Open Championship, but a remarkable charge on the back nine at Muirfield secured fifth major championship victory. While Tiger Woods and the rest of the leaders were faltering, Mickelson birdied four of his last six holes, including the 18th, to build an insurmountable lead. His final round 66 ties the best score of any player all week long. After draining a birdie putt on the 18th hole, Mickelson walked off the green and embraced his family, making for one of the greatest photos of the summer.
Comments: Headline shows nauseating fixation on "emotions" in sports coverage. ESPN devoted all British Open remaining time to Phil-huggimg shots (and slow-motion fist pumping)while not covering FOUR golfers that still had a chance to win! Frustrating, typical and sickening. Am I alone in my disgust?
Even the Brits have succumbed. Interviewer at Wimbledon speaking to Sabine Lisiciki: ´I´m not supposed to ask how you feel but how do you feel?´
Mind you, USA Today still pays the execrable Christine Brennan a handsome salary for an occasionally inventory of cliches and militant Title IX feminist nonsense so they are one of the most useless outlets extant.
OP, it occured to me that a significant portion of the final round telecast was shown on tape passed off as live action. I´m certain the outcome was determined before the celebratory interview of Phil by Tom Rinaldi
I don´t believe most knew they were watching a delayed telecast. But even more, #7 gets it right. Golf is about math, too. Best to pay attention.
We thought it was a lovely moment. An athlete who has gone through a lot of stuff - with his wife´s cancer and with his own chronic illness - to earn a win like this. And to have his wife and children there to wrap him in hugs and his caddy actually shed tears. The admiration and affection for Mickelson was obvious in the crowd and the officials. And definitely not staged.
When did we start throwing stones at the good guys in our world?
I, for one, don´t particularly agree with OP, which is unusual for me. With nine holes remaining about eight players were in a position to win with a strong back nine. Open pressure wilted everyone except Phil. When he saved par on #16 to stay at 1-under-par, he kept his momentum going. By the time his birdie putt fell on the final hole, I knew that nobody was going to catch him, regardless who was behind him. Muirfield is too tough to allow a finish like Charl Schwartzel had to win the Masters in 2012 (he birdied the final four holes).
Some of us sports or music fans are just as knowledgable (if not moreso) about what´s going on in the serious world as those who fill their minds with news daily, agonize over man´s inhumanity to man, and look down their noses at those of us who cried tears of joy to see a nice man make some golf history. I save my disgust for the unfunny clown circus that Washington and the cruel world have become, for the malignant characters who are doing their level best to tear apart the noble idea that was once America. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Everyone needs some diversion. If you weren´t smiling to see the Mickelson family hug-huddle next to the 18th green (especially after what Amy has been through), you´re missing something essential to living a good life.
Like others have post OP you´re not alone in your disgust. I´m happy for two things, however. That Mickelson won because he is a class act and that Tiger lost again. That guy was a smuck even before he tried to break Wilt Chamberlain´s hit ´em and leave ´em record.
I am glad that God and my parents gave me a mind that can follow current events in depth and still enjoy a number of sports. Something I can share with my husband, from whom I have learned a lot.
I find it strange to see words like "nauseating" and "disgust" on a thread about a nice guy, a gentleman, like Phil Mickelson. I would be troubled by it, what it means, except that we have a lot of people here who shoot off stuff like that out of their own generalized anger or feelings of frustration. It reflects on the site and those of us who save our enmity for the real enemies out there.
When did people who didn´t care about a game feel it necessary to watch it, read about it and post nasty comments about it. What´s the point?
OK tape delayed but assuming the coverage was real time and unchanged for later broadcast, I´ll suggest the ABC wouldn´t have been averse to a highly improbable comeback, pulling the rug out from under Phil. PM´s history of major championship heartbreak could have the ultimate icing on the cake. The choice to highlight the family´s emotion would have made the pain that much more delicious for those given to the mindset.
Cynical? Oh yeah, but having our strings pulled by our corrupt media makes it easy.
I agree with 9&10, and thought it was FABULOUS to see him win and be able to celebrate with his family...An AMERICAN wins the British Open and there are still complaints here.....go figure, the others couldn´t have caught up with him if they tried!
I don´t think Phil gets covered enough, but I´m biased. I met both Phil and his younger brother Tim when they were at Arizona State. Both very nice guys. Tim´s now the Sun Devil gold coach. We´re expecting a few National Championships.
I am not a basketball fan. Ergo, I do not post on basketball-related threads.
That aside, Phil came down the stretch like Tiger used to. Lee would have been another great story, but you have to hit a few fairways. Unless you´re Seve.
Wasn´t it a British Open years ago when they were interviewing the presumed champ, John Daly, when Constantino Rocca holed out from Northern Ireland to tie it? Daly ended up winning anyway, but the look on his face was sheer terror. Phil was spared that.
#19´s memory is faultless. In the 1995 Open Championship played at the Old Course at St. Andrews--the home of golf and Old and Young Tom Morris--Rocca (from Italy) was about eighty feet away, putting from the Valley of Sin, a significant dip in front of the green. And he made it! Daly did look rather ill at that moment. But tournament players must always expect their opponents to do the unexpected.
(During a rain and lightning delay in a tournament a pro friend of mine from Australia was holding forth in the men´s grill at a nearby table. He´d made a couple of long ones, which we variously call "field goals" or "snakes." Although I was in a kind of pensive mood, I burst out laughing when he said in his perfect Australian accent, "On the 12th I got me a snake, and on the 13th, I got an anaconda." Rocca´s bomb to get into the playoff with Daly was an anaconda.)
Phil dominated the final round and earned this victory, outscoring Westwood and Woods by 9 strokes. But the fact that all 4 threads about his win have devolved into a discussion of Tiger only underscores that he is he dominate force in golf for this generation...he´s #1 in the World, in 2013 earnings and the FedEx although he has played only 2/3 of the tourneys others in the top 10 FedEx have played...Yes, Tiger hasn´t won a major for years, but he is stuck on 14! Phil has perhaps 7 more years of majors and will win a few to add to his current total of 5...Tiger has 13 more years and will win a few while establishing new records...lousy and failed husband, yes, but lousy individual? Name another athlete who has given $100million of his earnings to charity via his own foundation...
Lousy individual....yes....like knowing he was breaking the rules with the drop in the Masters, a few years ago getting a crowd of people to move a bolder so he could have a clear shot to the green, and worst of all either a very loud GD or F bomb after a bad shot. The guy is a total piece of excrement.
With #10 and others. I was very happy to see Phil win! Glad that all his family of girls was by his side. We need 100´s of not 1000´s of more pro atheletes like him. Put that in your pipe and smoke it!!
If Tiger had set up a foundation after his bad personal character was revealed one might claim it as and attempt to by integrity...his was setup the moment he turned pro...one hundred million helping others...
Poster 24, I respectfully disagree with your assessment of the number of years Tiger and Phil have left as serious contenders in majors. For it represents a defiance of odds for a 40+ player to win multiple majors. Nicklaus won 3 majors after 40, Hogan 2, Boros 2, According to my memory, no other player in the past 65 years won more than 1 major after age 40.
I haven´t watched every game Phil has played, but I have never heard him swear or seen him throw his clubs. I have seen other players who act as if they were chosen to win do so. He also gives a nice interview, praising the tournament greens keeper and officials. A nice gentleman!
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