“Most Anticipated Event Since 1969 Moon Landing”

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.

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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 MakeMePay 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.

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13 Responses to “Most Anticipated Event Since 1969 Moon Landing”

  1. Jaybird77 says:

    I got Jason.

  2. Ken says:

    For what it’s worth, Spieth was 3rd last year, two shots out of the playoff. Day missed the cut. Rory DNP.

  3. Jaybird77 says:

    Easy Killer. Most buzz surrounding a sporting event ever? I don’t think so. Just go all the way back to….last night’s NBA Game 7 for a more highly anticipated sporting event.

    Given time, and desire, a person could easily come up with a top 25 events with the most buzz surrounding them, and this week, while a nice week for golf, wouldn’t even be on the radar.

  4. Ken says:

    If the reporters were asked about nice gestures by players, their answers about Mickelson are still valid. I don’t see how it makes them “toadies.” They were undoubtedly nice gestures and there’s many more such stories about Mickelson. They weren’t commenting on Mickelson’s insider trading issues or where he got his money.

    I’m not defending what Mickelson did. I’m defending the reporters.

    • lannyh says:

      Three just happened to think of something *Mickelson* did, right?

      And of course, all of them were high-profile, hey-ain’t-I-cool, money-is-nothing-to-me incidents.

      If we’re talking Mickelson doing a “good deed for a golf fan,” my mind wonders if he intentionally blew a U.S. Open so Billy Walters could cash a bet.

      • Ken says:

        I’m a pretty big golf fan and a fan of Mickelson, yet I don’t remember hearing about any of those three “high profile” incidents. I think Mickelson likes the image factor of giving such tips. A lot of generous people also have, to a degree, self-serving motives. But he does seems to have been a pretty generous guy.

        You clearly don’t like him. At all. That’s been apparent for a long time. But regardless of the bad things he or anyone else may do, certain incidents don’t always tell the whole story about anyone. Good people sometimes do bad things. Overall, I think Mickelson’s been a decent guy for golf. He is accessible to fans. He sets aside time to be with them and it’s not just done for cameras.

        When you hand out tips and items of that value, it does stand out. I don’t find it hard to believe that such things would immediately come to mind when such a question is asked of a reporter. Players do a lot of generous things, but most of them probably don’t involve that much money or items of value.

      • lannyh says:

        I don’t like law-breakers. It’s as simple as that.

      • Ken says:

        Your dislike of Mickelson predates anything unlawful. You just don’t like the guy. And that’s fine. There’s been players that just rub me the wrong way.

      • lannyh says:

        You are confused. I said he received too much coverage, that the media used him to justify their Woods obsession. He was the anti-Tiger. They justified covering Woods when he was out of contention by also covering Mickelson when he was out of contention. Go back and look.

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