Phil phalls Short Again
After finishing second for a record 6th time in the US Open, it’s only fair to ask this question: will we remember Phil Mickelson more for his three victories in The Masters, or the more than handful of silver medals he’s won in our national championship?
We will never forget his winning putt in the 2004 Masters, finally claiming his first green jacket, or his emotional win in 2010 in Augusta, as his wife, Amy, was overcoming breast cancer. But Micklelson’s legacy will at least be as much about collapsing on the final hole of the 2006 US Open at Winged Foot, and now yesterday’s disappointing 74, blowing a one shot lead heading into the final round at Merion.
Mickelson might be the most interesting golfer of all time. Seriously, who moves the needle more on television than he does? Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods are all more accomplished players, but none provided as much drama as Lefty. Take yesterday for example: Mickelson made two double bogeys in the first 5 holes, holes out from the fairway in the final round of a major, airmailed the green on the easiest hole on the golf course, and missed numerous putts inside ten feet. No one knows what he will do next, which is exactly why he’s must see TV.
Unfortunately he’s had more heartbreak in the clutch than he’s had victories. Chances are he’ll win another major, only to fall apart in two or three more US Opens. And, guess what? We’ll be watching.