Waste Management Phoenix
Open winner Phil Mickelson
What Vijay Deserves
Gallacher Wins In Dubai
Phil Mickelson has never made it to
No. 1 in the world. He has never been voted
Player of the Year. He has never earned the
Vardon Trophy. He has never won a money
title. He has never conquered a U.S. or a
Yet is there another player – Tiger and
Rory included – who, in full flight, is more
roller coaster watchable?
Into his 40s now, Phil still carries a little
baby fat (a waist is a terrible thing to mind)
and he still flashes that signature boyish grin.
But last week in Arizona he was longer
than ever off the tee and sharper than a
Ginsu knife around the greens.
Meanwhile, in a different desert, halfway
across the world, there was nothing dubious
about victorious Scotsman Stephen
Gallacher in Dubai.
So at the end of the week we were left
to ponder Vijay Singh and his admitted use
of a product called deer antler spray that
contains a PED. At best, the juicin’ Fijian
was ignorant. At worst he was stupid. We
strongly suspect he is already now, or soon
will be, suspended.
Here’s just hoping they never drug test
the winners in those caddie races at TPC
Finally, we wish the best to the USGA in
its initiative against slow play. If any body
can make a dent in the game’s scourge, it’s
the brave mahouts at Far Hills.
But their challenge comes with a warning label: The fear is slow play will remain,
as it has for decades, like the weather ...
people talk about it but haven’t been able to
do anything about it.