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A Win To Be Cherished – A Third Masters For Mickelson

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It was no ordinary Masters, then again, when is it ever? But the 2010 edition of the annual golf rite of spring had an extra spark this year. There was the Tiger return and drama to start the week but all the turmoil regarding that subject fell rapidly aside once the golf began and the stories that deserved focus came to light.

The table was set on Thursday. While everyone looked to the world’s best player and how he would play during his first competitive round in 20 weeks, the complete cadre of golf talent covering many decades emerged as the big Masters tale. A record worldwide audience witnessed two Champions Tour members and Green Jacket recipients climb to the top of the leader board and create massive expectation for the three days to follow. Fred Couples and Tom Watson would both eventually fade – with Couple hanging on to a hope of a win into early on the back nine on Sunday, but they both made a statement that Augusta National Golf Club is still open to assault by champion golfers of any age.

By the time the final round dawned, as much anticipation as I have ever witnessed in my 30 years of watching The Masters was clearly recognizable around the world. Golfers, non-golfers, the young, the old – there was a lot of people talking about one golf tournament in Georgia.

And it did not disappoint. By the day’s end, when Phil Mickelson made his last birdie to push him to -16 (67, 67, 71, 67 – 272) and the win, even the non-Phil fans had at least respect what he had accomplished.

Now with 38 PGA Tour wins, and four major championships, including three Masters titles (2004, 2006, and 2010), he has proven that he is indeed one of the best players of his generation.

And like Lefty has done for most of his career, he took viewers and golf fans on a wild ride all the way to the finish.

He did not make a bogey on Sunday but if you had only caught fleeting moments of the broadcast and multiple images of him flirting with the woods, you would have assumed that he had imploded in a major way.

Near the turn on Sunday, with pressure mounting from the likes of K.J. Choi, Lee Westwood, and even Tiger Woods, Mickelson was steadfast in his pursuit of this Masters. Par saves on 9, 10, and 11 kept him ahead of the pack – all leading to a pivotal moment on the 13th hole.

Facing 207 yards left to reach the green in two, Mickelson would have to challenge not only the yawning Rae’s Creek protecting the green but a golf ball resting on a bed of pine needles in the tree line. Taking up his 6 iron he blasted the ball to the putting surface, just four feet from the hole from where he would birdie.

“I had a good lie in the pine needles,” he said later. “I was going to have to go through that gap if I laid up or went for the green. I was going to have to hit a decent shot. The gap was a little bit wider—it wasn't huge, but it was big enough, you know, for a ball to fit through. I just felt like at that time, I needed to trust my swing and hit a shot, and it came off perfect.”

Where others might have failed, Mickelson completed the mission and from there played more steady golf on the way to the clubhouse and a three-stroke victory.

But even as Phil’s resume was being embellished with another major title he made it clear that the week was important in so many other ways. Especially to a family that in the last year saw Phil’s wife Amy and his mother Mary bravely face down the spectre of Cancer.
 
“This has been a very special day and a very special week,” Mickelson said following his win. “And to have (my wife) Amy and my kids here to share it with, I can't put into words. It just feels incredible, especially given what we've been through in the last year, to be able to share this kind of joy means a lot to us.”
 
Mickelson Masters WITB:

Driver: Callaway Golf FT Tour (7.5 degrees)

Fairway: Big Bertha Diablo (15 degrees)

Hybrid: Callaway Prototype (22 degrees),

Irons: X-Forged 4-iron, X-Prototype Irons (5-PW),

Wedges: Callaway JAWS Wedges (53, 60 and 64 degrees),

Ball: Tour ix Golf

Putter: Odyssey White Hot XG Blade

Shoe: Callaway HX Tour Footwear

This report provided to GolfWRX.com by Flagstick Golf Magazine (www.flagstick.com)

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  1. grochol17

    Apr 13, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Anyone know why Phil is using the Tour ix and not one of the newer balls?

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10 interesting photos from Tuesday at the Zurich Classic

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana, where, among other things, a giant three-legged crocodile roams.

Now in it’s second year, the tournament’s unique two-man team format has attracted a wealth of top talent, including 10 of the top 14 golfers in the OWGR. We’re on the scene snapping bag pictures and have five galleries from TPC Louisiana’s range Tuesday. We also have a look inside Ryan Ruffels bag, a peek at Jimmy Walker’s putter, a look in Brooks Koepka’s bag, and more!

Let’s dig in.

Well, this certainly is interesting, Xinjun Zhang. Not sure about the context, but not something you traditionally see on a PGA Tour driving range…

Hard not to love Ryan Ruffels’ 009M

Look’s like Michael Greller is enjoying some well-earned relaxation

Ryan Palmer boldly going where few Tour pros dare to: serif font

Roman numeral loft stamping? Savage grind? We like your style, Bud Cauley

Is this a new Wilson Staff PMP wedge prototype or a one-off thing for Ricky Barnes?

Finally, Whitney comes to a wedge

Ham & egg!

Jimmy Walker’s silver Spider

Our Tour Photographer risking the wrath of Bubba (we assume he had permission)

 

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Detroit could be getting a PGA Tour event

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As a business based in the Detroit metro area, GolfWRX is happy to hear this: the Motor City could be getting a PGA Tour event.

With the PGA Tour’s 2019-2020 schedule expected in the weeks ahead, the Detroit News reports the Tour could announce (Detroit-based) Quicken Loans will sponsor an event at Detroit Golf Club. The company ceased sponsorship of the former Quicken Loans National in Washington, D.C. last year.

The Detroit News quotes a source with knowledge of the Tour’s scheduling discussions as saying an official announcement is near.

While the Tour, Quicken Loans, and Detroit Golf Club are mum on the matter, Quicken Loans’ statement to the paper last year made clear the company’s intention to bring a tournament to the city.

“As we look to the future, we remain interested in exploring ways to highlight the energy and revitalization taking place in Detroit…A prime golf event, featuring the world’s best players, is certainly something we would be interested in pursuing as a way to showcase our great American city.”

If the Detroit tournament takes the calendar spot of the The National, it would be contested in late June/early July. Additionally, with the PGA Championship’s move to may next year, there’s some speculation the Detroit event could be contested in August.

As mentioned, we know the PGA Championship is moving to May in 2019. Additionally, The Players will move to March, TPC Southwind will take over  WGC hosting duties from Firestone Country Club, and the FedEx Cup Playoffs will wrap before start of football season.

We’ll have to wait (eagerly) for official word on the Detroit event.

 

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Tuesday’s Photos from the 2018 Zurich Classic

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana (par 72; 7,425 yards), designed by Pete Dye with consultants Steve Elkington and Kelly Gibson.

The Zurich Classic is a unique event on the PGA Tour because it’s not an individual stroke-play event. Instead, the format consists of two-man teams playing best-ball on Thursday and Saturday, and alternate-shot on Friday and Sunday.

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Last year, Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt won the event after four playoff holes against Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown. The Smith/Blixt duo will be back to defend their title, and the Kisner/Brown pairing will be back avenging their loss.

Other notable pairings in the field include Daniel Berger/Gary Woodland, Wesley Bryan/Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed/Patrick Cantlay, John Daly/Rory Sabbatini, Jason Day/Ryan Ruffels, David Duval/Jim Furyk, Tony Finau/Daniel Summerhays, Sergio Garcia/Rafa Cabrera Bello, J.B. Holmes/Brand Snedeker, Matt Kuchar/Bubba Watson, Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel, Sean O’Hair/Jimmy Walker, Pat Perez/Jason Dufner, Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson, Jordan Spieth/Ryan Palmer, Justin Thomas/Bud Cauley and more!

Check out our photos from the event below!

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