Phil Mickelson’s next act is a winning one


This is borderline unfair. 

Phil Mickelson has played four Champions Tour events. He’s now won three of them. Even by the standards of the 50-and-over tour, where the newest members are always the most skilled, this is quite the achievement from golf’s reigning Troublemaking Uncle. 

The Champions Tour doesn’t exactly carry the gravitas of the PGA Tour — Mickelson’s win came at an event literally called “Furyk & Friends,” like an old-school slap-n’-giggle golf show from the ’70s. Even so, the reigning PGA Championship winner had to work this time around, holding off Miguel Angel Jiménez in the closing holes — the two were tied as late as the 14th — and claimed the win with an 18th-hole birdie. 

“It’s a good start,” Mickelson said of his Champions Tour arc. “I’m having fun, I’m having fun playing here. I’m enjoying being around the guys, I’m enjoying the golf courses, how I can be a little bit more aggressive and … still recover. You do that on the regular Tour, you just get eaten alive, you just can’t make those mistakes there and have a chance to compete and contend and win. So I like how you don’t have to be perfect and I can get away with a shot or two here or there, so it makes it fun to play and play aggressive.”

Over the past year-plus, Mickelson’s Champions record ranks among the best to ever play the tour, for those who keep track of such things. He’s played 12 total rounds and held at least a share of the lead in seven of them. Eleven of those rounds have been under par. And while Mickelson is as wayward as ever off the tee, his driving distance led the field last week. 

Mickelson is in a unique position now, old enough to play the Champions Tour but young enough (and fit enough) to be reasonably competitive every so often on the PGA Tour. His rivals on the PGA Tour won’t be joining him on the Champions circuit any time soon — Collin Morikawa won’t be eligible for the Champions Tour until 2047 — but Mickelson hopes that he’ll…

Source : yahoo

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