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‘My thinking is this: I want to win’ – Phil Mickelson explains his view that accuracy is irrelevant

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Last week, Phil Mickelson caused a stir when he claimed that accuracy was not something he particularly cares about, telling reporters: “I look at longest, like I try to hit it the farthest out here, and I was No. 1 in driving distance.”

Those comments came back to bite the 2021 PGA Champion a little, when during Saturday’s second round on the Champions Tour, Mickelson hit consecutive tee shots OB and eventually carded a 9 on the hole.

Golf Channel broadcasters Lanny Wadkins and John Cook were quick to aim a dig at Mickelson for his previous statement, commenting during the nightmare hole for Lefty, saying:

“In this game, those foul balls count,” Cook said on the Golf Channel broadcast.

“Yeah, but he’s leading the Tour in distance so that’s important,” Wadkins said.

“Good for him, as he lies five on the tee,” Cook said.

Following the event, Mickelson fronted up to some criticism from the odd user on Twitter, where he initially joked that he was a bit off on his original statement.

However, Mickelson then explained exactly what he meant by his original comment, and it goes a long way to understanding the mindset of a 45-time winner on the PGA Tour.

“My thinking is this. I want to win. I don’t care about any other finish.If I drive it long and am 30-50 yards past my opponent, I’m hitting a 9 or wedge to their 5 or 6. Over 3 rounds I will win that fight.If I drive crooked I will lose but I’d like to be in control of the outcome.”

Mickelson then put the weekend disappointment behind him on Monday, where the 51-year-old posted a clip of him making an Ace at a KPMG event in Houston.

All in a week’s work for Phil.

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

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5 Comments

  1. reeder

    Oct 27, 2021 at 3:38 pm

    Just an opinion but the announcers for the Champion Tour broadcast(Lanny and Cook)are at best…tiresome.

  2. Richie

    Oct 26, 2021 at 5:34 pm

    Por algo nunca fue un número uno.

  3. geohogan

    Oct 26, 2021 at 3:43 pm

    Winning is about doing. Once again Phil’s compulsive blathering about himself makes him look a fool.
    His “wise” investments and avoiding taxes have made him rich, so maybe he doesnt care. No maybe, he doesnt care, so why should anyone else.

  4. Burt

    Oct 26, 2021 at 9:40 am

    Aaaand cue the guys who will claim they know more about how to win on tour than Phil.

    • GregWhoLikesGolf

      Oct 27, 2021 at 1:37 am

      Where is the thumbs up for this comment?

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Phil Mickelson’s latest Twitter activity suggests he’s not happy that he was ‘canceled’

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Phil Mickelson is back on Twitter, and he appears to be less than pleased with his ‘cancelation’.

In his first Twitter activity since February, Mickelson liked a user’s tweet that was in response to a Clay Travis tweet.

Here is the original tweet from Clay Travis, which highlights that the NBA will be playing matches next year in the UAE, a country where homosexuality is punishable by death.

The response, which Lefty liked, was from Twitter user Brandon Jones who voiced his frustration over the uneven backlash Mickelson has received in comparison to the NBA.

The like has since been removed by Mickelson, or perhaps it was liked by mistake.

As an aside, the 51-year-old also surprisingly liked one other tweet on his return to the platform, a Yahoo report on the PGA Tour blocking the release of “rebels” Mickelson and Lee Westwood.

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PGA Tour pro fired caddie for trying to distract Justin Thomas

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Pro golfers and their caddies usually keep their quarrels to club selection, but this week a former winner on the PGA Tour revealed that he and his caddie split ways for an entirely different reason.

Michael Kim, winner of the 2008 John Deere Classic, took to Twitter to tell a story about how his caddie attempted to distract playing partners Justin Thomas and Bobby Wyatt by making noise during their backswings at a prestigious amateur event.

Though clearly no fault of his own, Kim stated on social media that he was still sorry to both players to this day:

Asked what his reaction to the caddie’s attempt to distract his playing partners was, Kim said “disbelief” before explaining how the caddie “was making noise with the peanut butter cracker wrappers,” and he fired him immediately after the round.

A surprised Justin Thomas responded to Kim’s tweet, saying: “Wtf!!!! I never knew this G (smiling emoji)”. 

Kim has not named the caddie, or former caddie, in question.

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Golfer plays US Open qualifier as punishment for losing fantasy football bet…and it went badly

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‘Monday Q Info’ is a name that is renowned for bringing us the serious side of the game, the player that grinds through a round before hopping off to work at a store, golfers sleeping side-by-side in camper vans, and even suffering personal tragedy.

He also thankfully brings us the amusing side of the sport and did so again yesterday when highlighting the plight of one competitor at the US Open qualifier at Oakwood Country Club, Kansas City, Missouri.

According to a report that was given to Twitter golf legend, Ryan French (posting as @acaseofthegolf1) John Eckert signed for a 40-over score of 112 for the standard par-72, a card that included one 10 and five double-bagels…snowmen. Whatever you want to call it, they were eights!

Replies ask how Eckert got in to the competition given there is supposed to be a max handicap index of 1.4, and whilst Ryan hinted, “This may come as a surprise to some but the handicap system in golf can be manipulated,” a few respondents put up the thought that he registered as a pro, therefore not needing to declare any figures.

Either way, the verdict seems mixed.

“It sucks to be the playing partner having to watch him hit multiple shots in between your shots. Ruins the flow and it’s incredibly tough to keep focused,” was one comment, whilst another poster made his point: “Dying over the discourse in this thread from golfers. Giant babies.”

Either way, what was the reason he played in the first place?

According to those that were unfortunate enough to be playing alongside, Eckert ‘lost a fantasy football bet and his punishment was to play.’

We can’t be sure who was punished more in the end – his playing partners or the man himself.

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