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Phil Mickelson reveals the top 3 regrets of his career

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Phil Mickelson has some incredible memories to look back on when he decides to hang up the club, but it hasn’t always been plain sailing for one of the fan favorites.

Lefty’s continuous cruel fortune at the U.S. Open down the years is just one of the hardships Mickelson has experienced in his illustrious career, but what about regrets?

A Golf Digest article this week by John Feinstein suggested that Mickelson ought to be a Captain’s pick at this year’s Ryder Cup despite some controversial moments at the event in the past, and it’s an editorial that has led Mickelson to reveal the top 3 regrets of his career.

Referring to the article, Mickelson listed his criticism of captains Tom Watson and Hal Sutton at the 2014 and 2004 Ryder Cups, respectively, along with hitting a moving putt at the 2018 U.S. Open as his 3 biggest regrets of his career.

In 2004, Mickelson criticized Sutton for failing to prepare his team, saying at the time: “It all starts with the captain. I mean, that’s the guy that has to bring together 12 strong individuals and bring out their best and allow them on a platform to play their best.”

Ten years later, Mickelson infamously gave a scathing assessment of Watson’s captaincy during the team press conference after the event, while at the 2018 U.S. Open, Lefty ran to hit a moving putt preventing it from falling down a false front which led to plenty of criticism.

As for the time Phil left a young Brooks Koepka hanging for an autograph (something which still irritates Brooks to this day)? Lefty had the perfect response!

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Gianni is the Managing Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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  1. frank cichon

    Jul 11, 2021 at 1:39 pm

    I heard he is call called FIGJAM by some of his piers. Not too forthcoming with leaving out that he was NEVER #1 or that he never got the Grand Slam….I would bet either would rank #1 regret.

  2. Gunter Eisenberg

    Jul 8, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    C’mon…the tee shot at 18 at the 4th round of the 2006 US Open has got to be a shot he wants to do over again…

  3. Ben

    Jul 8, 2021 at 12:06 pm

    How about the drive or second shot at the 2006 US Open?

    • Shawn

      Jul 22, 2021 at 7:07 pm

      That’s exactly what I was thinking. Having a career Grand Slam that was totally in reach would have me gut wrenched.

  4. Jeff

    Jul 7, 2021 at 3:23 pm

    I am happy to see that the regrets were things that made the game look bad, and not things that he did not achieve (not that there are many). Like all of us, he sometimes let emotion get ahead of his brain. It is good to see him own that.

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Tiger Woods reveals the best celebrity foursome he’s ever played with

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With Capital One’s The Match set to take place this weekend, Tiger Woods was asked about the best celebrity foursome that he’s ever played a round with.

Tiger replied:

“[John] Smoltz, [Tom] Glavine and [Greg] Maddux when they were all pitching with the Braves. That was epic. I shot 62, 62 and lost money.”

The three pitchers combined to win seven National League Cy Young Awards in the 1990s and led the Atlanta Braves to a World Series win in 1995.

The 15-time major champion was also asked what his “dream foursome” would be, to which he replied: “It wouldn’t be a foursome. It would be my dad, myself and Charlie.”

Tiger’s father, Earl, passed away in 2006 and his son, Charlie, was born in 2009.

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Former NBA star turned college golfer J.R. Smith taking lessons from Tiger’s ex-coach

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Former NBA player J.R. Smith is now taking golf lessons from Tiger Woods’ former coach, Chris Como.

The lessons can be seen on the new show “Private Lessons” on the premium subscription of GolfPass.

Of his lessons with Como, Smith said, “For me, I think the most appealing part (about taking a lesson from Como) was about like how fast the transition for him to understand. Like, obviously, everybody doesn’t think the same,” he added, “but to make to feel certain sensations in the golf swing.”

The two-time NBA Champion made $90 million as a basketball player but signed an NIL deal as a golfer in early 2022.

In addition to working with Tiger Woods and Smith, Como has also worked with Bryson DeChambeau, who won the 2020 U.S. Open under his guidance.

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LIV pro’s wife takes vicious swipe at Tiger Woods over his car accident

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It’s been a year of drama and controversies in the golfing world, with the divide between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf showing no signs of improving.

Much of the bad blood between the two has played out off the course, and that is once again the case this week, as the wife of prominent LIV golfer Pat Perez, Ashley, took a vicious swipe at Tiger Woods over his single-car accident in 2021.

On Tuesday, Golf Balling shared a video on its Instagram account where Woods described his physical limitations following his car crash. In the comments, Ashley Perez decided to share her take, saying:

“Literally why driving under the influence is ILLEGAL. I don’t feel bad for him. Thank god he didn’t kill anyone. See ya.”

The comment has since been deleted, and it is not the first time Ashely has targeted PGA Tour golfers either. Back in September, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele and their respective partners took a trip to the Napa Valley, which they posted on Instagram.

However, the trip apparently did not impress Mrs Perez, who shared, before once again deleting, her take on the vacation:

It’s been a wild year for the Perez’s on and off the course. The 46-year-old LIV pro earned $8,024,167 with the breakaway tour in 2022, primarily thanks to being part of the 4 Aces GC team.

While off the course, Perez spoke about his deep ‘hate’ for Phil Mickelson, accusing Lefty of committing an “uncrossable and unforgivable act” against him.

Following this latest drama, it’s likely safe to say that any relationship Perez once had with Tiger may well now be a thing of the past.

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