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Phil Mickelson Wants to go Toe-to-Toe with Tiger Again
Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods — you can’t think about one without the other. Forever joined in the record books, Tiger and Lefty have given all golf fans something to cheer about for the last two decades or so. Mickelson, for one, hopes to reignite the rivalry that has brought so much to the game of golf and its fans.
Mickelson sat down with “CBS This Morning” on Wednesday to discuss his charitable work with “Birdies for the Brave,” but also mentioned a couple other things — like tips for the president and reheating his rivalry with Woods.
“We both have had an off year — he’s been injured, I’ve had some struggles early on. It’s been the worst year of my career,” Mickelson said. “I think next year he’s going to have a great year. I’m trying to do the same and hopefully we’ll get that rivalry back next year.”
Mickelson also acknowledged that he’s ready for next year and that he plans on making the next five years better than the last five and spoke about what winning the U.S. Open — an event in which he’s finished second a record six times — would mean to him.
“I want to make the next five years of the best five years of my career,” Mickelson said. “The final piece of the career grand slam would be huge for me. All the players who have won all four majors have proven themselves to be great players and that’d be huge for me.”
Obviously, we all hope he can do what he plans to and that Woods comes back healthy.
“I realized the last few years how much I love the game of golf,” Mickelson said. “I think you take things for granted but when it gets taken away you realize how much you enjoy it. ”
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Tony Gill Makes History
A 16-year-old Canadian golfer has made Olympic golf history.
On Tuesday at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, Tony Gil stepped up to the par-3 third hole and pulled a 7-iron. His tee shot bounced once and went straight in the hole. The poor kid never saw it go in, but was ecstatic when his Italian playing partner confirmed it went in:
Golf hasn’t been a part of the Olympics in more than 100 years — since 1904 to be exact — and before Tuesday, no player had ever made an ace in Olympic competition.
“That’s very cool,” Gil said of his rare feat. “It was actually the first hole-in-one in my career too.”
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Now This is The Caddie You Want Looping For You
There’s an old saying about what members want from their caddie — “Show up, keep up and shut up” — but I don’t know about that. I think if I had to choose, I’d take European Tour player David Horsey’s looper.
On Thursday, Horsey’s caddie proved just how committed he is to his pro, climbing into a hazard on the par-5 ninth hole during the European Tour’s D+D Real Czech Masters to identify Horsey’s ball:
Entering knee-deep water to identify a ball? That’s commitment. Let me tell you, that guy would be getting a big tip from me after the round — especially if it saved me a match or something. Makes me wonder whether Joe LaCava or Ted Scott would climb in under similar circumstances? My guess is yes, but you never know. There’s a lot of slimy things in them stagnant ponds.
Congratulations, David Horsey. You’ve got a keeper.
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In Case You Missed It
Tiger Woods Won’t Let Rory McIlroy Win a Green Jacket Next Year
Rory McIlroy has completed three of four legs of the career grand slam, needing just a green jacket to complete it. The first time he’ll get that chance, of course, will come at the Masters in 2015.
Based on the way McIlroy is playing of late, it seems almost inevitable that he’ll get that green jacket sooner rather than later. There’s just one guy who might be standing in his way: Tiger Woods. Read More
John Daly, David Duval Back to Q-School Thanks to Flawed System
Despite being major champions and two of the most notable names on the PGA Tour in the last 20 years, John Daly and David Duval will be heading back to Q-School Dec. 11-16.
Those players outside the top 200 in FedExCup points are forced to try again at Web.com Tour Q-School. David Duval (202) and John Daly (209) fall among the guys who will just miss out. Duval is the 2001 Open Champion and a former world No. 1, and Daly is a two-time major champion and one of the game’s favorite characters. Read More
Out Of Bounds
Today in “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” — er, Out Of Bounds — I give you an “intense staredown” between Jared Leto and Jimmy Fallon:
Fallon, once more, is at the top of his game — and Jared Leto continues to prove he’s good at everything.
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