It really doesn’t come as a huge surprise to see Phil in the Butler cabin getting his third green jacket. As Phil told us before the event started that he has not performed well of late due to the tight course conditions over the previous events (especially last week at Houston). Phil said “I can spray the ball and know I can create a recovery shot, where at Houston an errant shot ending up in the water hazard).
This was exactly the theme of Mickelson’s final round with errant tee shots on 9, 10, 13 he was still able to create shots that enabled him to play these holes -1. The shot I feel won the event for Phil was the second shot to 13 from the pine straw. Even though he badly missed the eagle attempt, that shot gave him the momentum to carry him to victory.
The reason Mickelson wins and Westwood doesn’t has a lot to do with having won three majors previously, along with Phil’s bad misses like the 18th hole at Winged Foot. These experiences will always favor the player that has already been on both sides of the win/lose equation. Westwood hasn’t been able to finish strong yet coming down the stretch in a major. At last years Open at Turnberry he needed a par on the 18th hole to end in a playoff with Cink and Watson, but at the time he felt he needed a birdie 3 on the final hole to catch Watson.
I’m not sure I liked the camera stuck in Phil and Amy’s face as they were having their private family moment. Sometimes I think we all should give these people their moment and back off a bit. I know it’s what people want to see, but personally I would have preferred to have seen that from further back and not up in their faces!
Another amazing finish to a major, Tiger is back, and who knows what will happen at the US Open at Pebble Beach this year? My guess is again you’ll see Tiger and Phil in the mix, with perhaps a better prepared Tiger. I believed this event will get his juices flowing again and our once bad boy Tiger ?will once again see the winners circle before long?
Coming up next action from Rancho Murieta at the California Club Pro/Club Champion event hosted by Taylor Made this Monday and Tuesday!!