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It’s a boom time for Phil Mickelson stories

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A few tasty morsels are being served for fans of the game’s greatest left-hander today.

Coming on the heels of Alan Shipnuck’s superb ride along with Phil (as in, riding in Mickelson’s souped-up golf cart) the other day, Lefty had plenty of note to say at the Scottish Open (per John Huggan). 

Question: Do you think the backlash has been over the top?

“You have to be accountable for yourself,” said Mickelson. “I do a lot of dumb stuff. I had that rules deal at Greenbrier last week. And last year at Greenbrier I picked up my ball in the middle of the fairway, marked it and cleaned it. I have these like just moments where I’m in a ‘cloud.’ I’m not really sure what I’m doing. I’m just going through the motions and not really aware of the moment. I’ve done that a bunch in my career. I keep doing stuff like that. That’s the way my mind works.”

Next question: “One of the confusing things for people is that you said after the round at the U.S. Open on Saturday that you thought about doing it a lot of times before, and that indicated that maybe it was premeditated what you did?”

“Not only was I not great on the course, I was not great after the round, either…So it was just not a great day, and it was my birthday. I tend to do dumb stuff on my birthday. The way I show anger is not the traditionally accepted way, throwing clubs and berating the fans and marshals. I tend to be a little more passive aggressive in my actions, and that was kind of what I was doing.”

And if that weren’t good enough, Golf.com filed a roundup of some great Mickelson stories, courtesy of his fellow Tour pros and others.

Keegan Bradley

“I have a Phil story from Muirfield Village, at the 2013 Presidents Cup. We were doing really well, playing alternate shot, and we were dormie, 6 up with whatever left to play. And I had about a 5-foot putt on 13 to win the match — and it 360ed the hole. Lipped out. I got up on the next hole, it’s my tee and just a 3-iron, but I was rattled — I hit this 3-iron 100 yards right. So they win that hole. And then we get to the next hole, a par 5, and we get up there and I’ve got 5 feet for birdie; Graham DeLaet has about 25 feet for his birdie.”

“So all Graham has to do is miss his putt and we win the match. And Phil looks over at Graham and goes, ‘Pick it up, it’s good.’ And I looked over at Phil and I’m like, Are you kidding me? Now, if I miss the putt, we lose the hole. So I was pissed. But then, sure enough, I made the putt, we won the match. Now it’s funny — but if I’d missed the putt it wouldn’t have been funny. Now he says he knew I was rattled and he wanted me to make that putt to win the match. So, typical Phil, trying to teach lessons. But it was wild. I mean, a 25-footer!”

Xander Schauffele

“This year, I played all four rounds at the Waste Management with Phil, and it was incredible. I feel like I got the full Phil experience. But the coolest moment I’ve had with him was when I was on the Web.com Tour. I played a pickup round with Phil and Charley Hoffman at The Grand, my home course in San Diego, and [laughs] there’s so much banter between those guys. This was sort of my introduction into what the top dogs do. So we’re on the second hole, and I think Charley was already up on him. You know, they always gamble a certain amount of money.

“Phil’s about to tee off, and he’s pretending to struggle. He was like, ‘Oh, gosh, it’s so hard to swing.’ I was like, what’s going on? And Phil goes, ‘Here Charley, you mind holding onto this?’ And he pulls this wad of cash out of his back pocket! The whole day, I was sitting in the cart, just lookin’ around, like, ‘I’m not gonna say anything here; I’m just gonna let these guys battle it out.’ And it was so much fun. Phil showed how competitive and fun he can make golf.”

Check out the rest of the anecdotes here.

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  1. Mizzle Fizzle

    Jul 13, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    “Oh, Phil schmoozed a guy and we got the consulting gig.”
    Oh my god my sides hurt, so hilarious. What characters these guys are out on tour.
    LOL OMG…give me a minute to get back in my chair.

  2. ~j~

    Jul 13, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Phil fears Tiger. Not sure he could rally the banter high enough to thwart Tiger AND keep his head in the match.

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (8.20.19)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Torched blue Coronado Two flat-stick from Embrace Putters.

Stunning looking restoration job on this Allendale flat-stick from Tyson Lamb.

Great shots of Manufacturers Golf & Country Club in Pennsylvania courtesy of Andy Kerestesy.

Sweet looking Avengers flat-stick from Olson Putter Co.

Skull putter neck from Kraken Golf, what do you say WRXers?

American Flatsticks showcasing their new putter covers which will be dropping this Wednesday.

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Just in time for the final leg of the @fedex cup we are introducing our first Mallet Headcover. Both the Blade and Mallet will be available Wednesday at 8am PT / 11am ET @americanflatsticks. . . . Don’t forget, each cover purchased during the three weeks of the playoffs gives you an entry into our custom Headcover Giveaway. As a reminder, we will randomly draw one order at the end of the playoffs and the winner will have the opportunity to design a cover and get 5 of them to share with friends. . . . #chickfila #golfswag #titleist #golftips #atlanta #putter #picoftheday #pga #golf #fedexcup #instagolf #PGATOUR #LPGATOUR #cow #americanflatsticks #eastlakegolfclub #golfwrx #Handmade #tigerwoods #eatmorechicken #funny #golfchannel #gibbonshandmade #tigerwoods #golfstagram

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Hot & Cold: Where strokes were won and lost at the BMW Championship

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In “Hot & Cold,” we’ll be focusing each week on what specific areas of the game players excelled and disappointed in throughout the previous tournament. On Sunday, Justin Thomas returned to the winner’s circle, and here’s a look at where some of the most notable players gained and lost strokes over the four days of action at the BMW Championship.

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Justin Thomas broke through for the first time this year, and while it was a typically great week tee to green for the 26-year-old ( where he gained 11.7 strokes over the field), Thomas’ putting looks to have made the difference. For just the second time since February Thomas gained strokes with the flat-stick – gaining over five strokes on the greens at Medinah CC. Check out the clubs Thomas used on his way to victory in our WITB piece here.

Tony Finau is still awaiting the second PGA Tour title of his career, and if it wasn’t for a balky putter, then he may have achieved the feat last week. However, Finau led the field in strokes gained tee to green in Illinois, gaining 13.6 strokes over the field in this area which bodes well for the Tour finale.

Patrick Cantlay continues to impress, and he rode a red hot putter to a runner-up finish at last week’s BMW Championship. Cantlay gained six strokes over the field on the greens at Medinah, which is his joint best performance of his career in this area.

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There is no sign of Dustin Johnson breaking out of his slump, and at last week’s BMW Championship the American suffered a horror show with his iron play. Johnson dropped 6.6 strokes to the field in this area – the worst performance of his career with his irons.

Jason Day’s split with Steve Williams didn’t have an immediate impact, as the Australian suffered a dismal week at Medinah. The Australian dropped 11.7 strokes to the field tee to green over the four days of action which is comfortably the worst performance of his career in this department.

Bryson DeChambeau’s game appears to be suffering from the pace of play controversy he has found himself embroiled in recently. DeChambeau lost strokes in every significant strokes gained category bar one at last week’s BMW Championship on his way to a T48 finish.

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (8.19.19)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Sweet looking custom BB1 on show over the weekend at the U.S. Amateur Championship.

PVD gator skin flat-stick from Olson Putter Co.

Limited Edition PTx PRO irons from Ben Hogan Golf.

Awesome shots of Greywolf Golf Course in Panorama courtesy of Matt Bargh.

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Some highlights from our round at #greywolfgolfcourse in Panorama, BC. The course was outstanding and the overall golf experience was next level – better than many more famous courses I have played including a few Ryder Cup venues. Was happy enough to walk off with a 4 on Cliffhanger, the Par 3 6th, after mis-clubbing and going slightly long and left. Not going in the intimidating ravine was the main thing. An awesome day, in the true sense of the word, at a proper, proper golf course. **** #greywolfgolfcourse #golf #golfcourse #mountaingolf #whyilovethisgame #golfislife #golfaddict #golfbc #golflandscapes #golfwrx #golfstagram #instagolf #golfporn #bucketlistgolf #golfcoursearchitecture #dougcarrickdesign

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Great looking work on this Scotty from Kick Stand Putters.

Slick stars and stripes headcover crafted by Seamus Golf.

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