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Phil Mickelson Discusses his Love of Rain … Again
Phil Mickelson is not like most people. He doesn't think the way most people do. It's probably why he's as good as he is at golf, but sometimes it leads to statements that must be explained. For instance, this gem from earlier in the week about the rainy conditions at the Scottish Open:
"I'm looking forward to it. Tomorrow's supposed to be terrible weather," Mickelson said during a press conference. "I hope it is because I would love to get out in that stuff and be able to play in it, as I never get a chance to back home."
This isn't the first time Mickelson has prayed for rain. Just a few weeks ago, Mickelson said he'd "probably win his first [U.S.] Open" if it had rained that week.
Lefty's reasoning for wanting the wind and rain to pound down at the Scottish Open is sound, even if the comment sounds a little odd.
"For me, each round presents a great opportunity to work on my game," Mickelson said. "It gives me the chance to get sharp as well as to compete and attempt to defend the championship I'm very proud to have won last year."
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Last year, Mickelson won both the Scottish Open and the Open Championship in consecutive weeks, prompting a number of PGA Tour regulars to head across the pond a week early this year to get used to the conditions and the unique test offered by links-style golf.
"I really believe coming here and playing the week before the Open, playing in a great links test like this, is a real asset, an asset for players from overseas to get acclimatized to the time and really get acclimatized to these conditions," Mickelson said.
Hey, it proved to be a great strategy for Lefty in 2013. All that remains to be seen is if Phil can become the first man since Paddy Harrington in 2007-08 to repeat at the Open Championship.
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Rory McIlroy has Prototype 2-Iron in Play at Scottish Open
Rory McIlroy has been back in the U.K. for a couple weeks now, preparing for the Open Championship. The two-time major champion played some in Ireland, and also took a spin around Royal Liverpool, host of this year's third major.
This week, as part of his preparation, McIlroy is teeing it up in the Scottish Open and he's got something special in the bag:
"A little something new this week. #mmproto"
According to GolfWRX.com, Nike representatives have said the club is the result of a collaboration between McIlroy, Tiger Woods and Nike Golf engineers. No word for sure whether or not McIlroy or Woods will have the club in their bag next week at Royal Liverpool.
New girl? New club? Things are looking up for Rors right now. And even if the new squeeze isn't official, it seems like the club is working pretty well for McIlroy, who shot an opening-round 64 on Thursday to set the course record at Royal Aberdeen.
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Michelle Wie And Stacy Lewis: Friends Or Rivals?
Michelle Wie and Stacy Lewis are probably the two most well-known female golfers in the world. These two ladies have had an awesome year, Wie winning the U.S. Women’s Open and Lewis securing the title of No. 1 golfer in the world. And with the RICOH Women’s British Open underway, these two stars will definitely be under the spotlight. Read More
James Nitties Unveils Golf's Best Mustache Ever
You might remember James Nitties. The 31-year-old Australian earned his PGA Tour card in 2009 and came about $70k short of $1 million in winnings that season. He recorded two top-10 finishes in his first six starts.
The next year wasn't as good. One top-10, four top-25s, and $525k in earnings. He's been on the Web.com Tour ever since – which is awesome (for us) because that means Nitties gets to enter the Mustache Madness contest each year prior to the tour's Utah Championship. Read More
Out of Bounds
Well, it's summer time and that means the weather is hot and people are looking for ways to cool down. One popular destination is the water park. Full of pools and water slides, it's the perfect place to enjoy the summer sun and beat the sweltering heat.
But at Schlitterbahn Waterpark & Resort in Kansas City, Kansas, there is at least one water slide that will make you break into a sweat just thinking about it:
The 17-story tall, 65-mph Verruckt water slide's opening has been highly anticipated by thrill seekers all over. Now that the wait is over and the slide -- the fastest in the world -- is open, video of the ridiculousness that is this slide is slowly popping up all over YouTube.
It's too bad I won't be anywhere near Kansas City anytime soon. I'm dying to try this thing out.
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