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Golf Australia Express : August 2013 - PGA Championship
gets you so far on the professional circuit. If the tee-to-green aspect of your game is at all suspect it’ll be exposed pretty quickly out there. Yet Lefty still won The Open at a venue that primarily rewards accuracy, despite being middle- of-the-road among the field in GIR and driving accuracy stats. He was, of course, No.1 in scrambling at Muirfield and that right there sums up his tenacity. What I find most incredible about Phil is not that he managed to play the final six holes at Muirfield in 4-under—for which he will be remembered by most—but that he managed to ‘hang in’ on the previous 66 holes. That took remarkable fortitude and restraint. I remember reading back in 2010, Phil saying he wouldn’t be changing his swing any more. Instead, he said, he’d concentrate on playing within his limitations and filling his bag with clubs that suited his new philosophy. Since that announcement, Phil has won The Masters, an Open Championship, three PGA Tour events and a Scottish Open. Hmm, reckon he might be on to something. OTG FABULOUS Phil Mickelson is now a five-time major winner. He’s achieved the quintessential quintet with a swing that reminds me of a No.5 country pennant player. And I’m serious about that. Now don’t take it as some form of disrespect to the best lefty going about—it’s more of a backhanded compliment. Truth be told, I’m in total admiration of what Mickelson has achieved in the game with a swing that’s anything but perfect. Halfway back in Phil’s backswing the club is laid off. At the top it’s long and across the line—his legs are all over the place. Halfway down the shaft is positioned incredibly steep, and through impact his knees look dodgy to say the least. How he makes this collection of chaos work is amazing. And he’s made it work to the tune of 42 PGA Tour wins—including five majors—and is back as the No.2 player in the world at 43 years old. The mental strength Phil shows in ignoring the faults in his swing to just focus on winning beggars belief. Weallknowhehasa phenomenal short game. But that shouldn’t make up for the shortcomings associated with a swing that even Phil himself hates to examine. The short game only PHIL MICKELSON IS NOT JUST A SHORT GAME MARVEL, HE'S PROOF YOU SHOULD PLAY YOUR GAME, WRITES MARK ALLEN. TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS DPS BA with Mark Allen MARCO'S MUSE OPINION the FUL-PHIL YOUR ROUND
July 2013 - THE OPEN