The buzz around this week’s tournament is the loudest I’ve heard in my life. Not just for a golf tournament, but for any sporting event. It transcends sport: This is the most anticipated event since the 1969 moon landing.
Mickelson Toadies: I pulled up Tour Insider to read about Jordan Spieth’s big win and encountered this question posed to the panel: “What’s the kindest gesture you’ve seen from a PGA Tour player toward a fan?”
Three of the answers:
“Phil had given the woman a $5,000 tip at a raucous birthday party for Jim (Bones) Mackay at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse the night before.”
“Phil decided not to use his tickets, and instructed his caddie, Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay to dole them out to an appropriate recipient, which turned out to be a father and his young son.”
“I remember when Phil Mickelson broke some fan’s watch with an errant shot and Phil gave him the watch off his own wrist (possibly a Rolex, possibly a Folex … who knows?) and a couple of hundreds.”
What a great guy. Of course when you are stealing money from middle class working people’s IRA’s, 401K’s, and pension funds, it’s easy to be magnanimous with it.
Picture Mickelson acting like a big shot one night, leaving a $5000 tip, then the next day begging his bookie’s enforcer not to chop off a finger for an unpaid gambling debt.
My take: Mickelson felt “wronged” by the taxes he paid to the state of California, so therefore, in his mind, anything he did to “recoup” them was acceptable. If he stole, so what? He was just doing what California was doing to him. Of course, he could have moved, but, hey, Mickelson couldn’t be inconvenienced like that.
A Tournament to Top All Tournaments (“It’s gonna be legen — wait for it — dary.”)
Never before in the history of golf have the world’s top three players entered the same event with all three coming in off of wins. This is simply mind-boggling. This is like Secretariat, War Admiral, and American Pharoah all running in the same race!
Rory, Spieth, and Day — three studs, baby!
But get this: Who is overseeing this little event? That would be none other than… Jack Nicklaus.
Cherry Hills 1960. Muirfield Village 2016.
Special Make–Me–Pay Pledge: If Rory, Jordan, and Day finish 1-2-3 in ANY order this week, Lanny H Golf will add $100 to our annual St. Jude’s donation.
Colonial was played Memorial Day weekend this year, so that meant we got to have a normal Sunday finish, which I personally prefer. I think. Golf tomorrow would not have been all bad. Nevertheless, I kept wondering if maybe Colonial should have been called Colorial or Memonial. Whatever the case, this week’s tournament is looking to be really special.
Golf’s Big Three will all be coming into Memorial off a win. You heard that right. Golf’s Big Three will all be coming into Memorial off a win.
I hope they don’t group them Thursday and Friday. Let them group themselves together on the weekend.