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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 Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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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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Augusta National is… hiring a bartender?

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Iconic golf club and host site of the Masters, Augusta National, is in fact hiring, although it is not the type of job we were expecting! That’s right, a recent advertisement is calling for… a bartender.

The ideal candidate must be able to, “provide members and guests with the finest food and drink accompanied by attentive and gracious service, while maintaining the strict confidentiality of all club business.” Sounds about right.

Experience wise, one year of bartending experience is required as well as a high school diploma or equivalent. Other vacancies at the club include a Front Desk Assistant, Cook, and Housekeeper, just to name a few.

 

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Since another bid at Masters tickets was unsuccessful, time to sharpen up on our mixology!

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Check out how the clubs in pro’s bags have changed through the years

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As technology continues to improve in golf equipment, it is no surprise to see that PGA Tour professionals have adapted and made changes to the contents of their golf bags throughout the years.

Check out this post from @sms_on_tour , who tracked the average clubs used by players over the last 15 Opens, to see what types of clubs have become more popular over the last 15 years.

There are a few major takeaways. Firstly, pro golfers seem to be carrying more wedges these days. Phil Mickelson raised eyebrows when he first experimented with carrying four wedges, yet over the last 15 years, we have seen a steady and progressive trend towards many Tour pros deploying a similar approach.

Secondly, there’s been a clear increase in hybrids/utility irons at the expense of regular 2-irons and 3-irons. In theory, this is not surprising given the technological increases and general playability of today’s top hybrids and driving irons. With that being said, Ben Hogan must be turning over in his grave!

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2021 Evian Championship: Full Viewer’s Guide

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The 2021 Evian Championship takes center stage this week, with the Evian Resort Golf Club in France set to host the fourth major of the year.

Ahead of the event, here’s a rundown of all the coverage which you can tune in for from Thursday, as well as the betting odds and course history.

2021 Evian Championship: Full Viewer’s Guide

2021 Evian Championship TV schedule (All times ET)

Thursday

5-7 a.m., 9:30-11:30 a.m.: Golf Channel

Friday

5-7 a.m., 9:30-11:30 a.m.: Golf Channel

Saturday

5:30-8:30 a.m.: Golf Channel

8:30-11 a.m.: CNBC

Sunday

5:30-8:30 a.m.: Golf Channel

8:30-11 a.m.: CNBC

Purse

$4.5 million

Host Course

Playing at 6,523 yards, the Evian Resort Golf Club will host the fourth major of the year for the first time since 2019. Here’s a look at the last 5 winners of the event:

  • 2019: Ko Jin-young
  • 2018: Angela Stanford
  • 2017: Anna Nordqvist
  • 2016: Chun In-gee
  • 2105: Lydia Ko

Betting Favorites

Courtesy of BetOnline.ag

  • Nelly Korda 9/1
  • Jin Young-Ko 10/1
  • Hyo Joo-Kim 14/1
  • Inbee Park 14/1
  • Sei Young Kim 16/1
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