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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Articles tagged: Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson in disbelief after Paul Casey calls off round due to darkness

Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson was in disbelief after Paul Casey declined to continue their final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Sunday due to darkness.

Play at Pebble Beach was delayed by the weather (rain and hail), causing the golfers to tee off later in the day. Mickelson was playing brilliant golf on Sunday as he was six under through 16 holes and leading the tournament by three strokes over Casey and Scott Stallings. Lefty overcame a three-stroke deficit to Casey entering the day and was rolling with three birdies on the back nine. On the other hand, Casey bogeyed a couple of holes on the back nine and seemed inclined to stretch things out to Monday and abide by the horn that blew to signal an end to play.

Rather than finish his putt on 16, Casey said the darkness was an issue and that he preferred to mark his putt and continue playing on Monday.

“We could finish 17 and I could tee off on 18,” Mickelson was heard telling an official.

Mickelson was also seen shaking his head after the horn sounded.

Casey wanted to wait for fresh greens to finish his putt. Then he’ll have two holes left to try and overcome Phil’s lead or finish solely in second. Not sharing second is a difference of $152,000 in prize money and world ranking and FedEx points.

If Mickelson holds on for the win, he’d tie Mark O’Meara for the most wins in tournament history (5) and would tie Tiger Woods for the most PGA Tour wins (14) in California since 1960.

Tiger Woods generously concedes putt to send ‘The Match’ to playoff

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods sure acted generously with $9 million on the line in “The Match” on Friday.

Woods conceded a putt to send his pay-per-view match with Phil Mickelson to a playoff. Woods had a made a putt from about 5-6 feet away on the 18th hole at Shadow Creek. Mickelson had a 3-4 foot putt left, but Tiger decided to pick up his opponent’s coin instead of forcing him to make the putt to remain all square.

Tiger likely did not want to win on a missed short putt by Mickelson, recognizing how anticlimactic such an ending to the hyped-up match play event would have been.

After the concession, the two headed to a 19th playoff hole where Woods again conceded a putt to keep things tied.

Tiger knew what he had to do to build the drama for the ending.

Turner offers Mickelson-Woods stream for free after technical problems

Phil Mickelson

Technical difficulties meant Turner ended up giving away its pay-per-view broadcast of “The Match” for free.

Turner had been offering the exclusive live stream of the Friday charity match between Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods for $19.99 through their “B/R Live” service, and it was expected to be a big draw for the fledgling streaming platform. However, the service apparently suffered a myriad of technical difficulties, and users quickly found they could watch the match for free.

According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, the platform had a hard time handling purchase requests, and those who had bought access to the match were struggling to get in and see it. In light of that, Turner opted to simply make the stream free.

It’s unclear if those who had paid the fee would be refunded. No problems for those who purchased the match through their cable provider appeared to be reported.

What was expected to be a big spectacle with two of the world’s most famous golfers has been upstaged by a skywriter, and now the fact that the paid stream ended up turning into a disaster for the provider. We’ll see what comes of that in the days ahead.

Skywriter talks trash during Tiger Woods vs Phil Mickelson match

Tiger Woods

The greatest trash talking of “The Match” between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson on Friday may have come from a skywriter.

According to Golf Channel’s “Tiger Tracker,” an overhead skywriter wrote a series of questions that took shots at the pay-per-view match between the two golfers. The questions poked fun at them over a lack of crowd, over how late after the peak of their rivalry the match is taking place, and the absence of another top golfer — Jordan Spieth.

A big draw for the match was supposed to be the in-match betting and trash talk between the players. While there was some betting, the trash talk was lacking … until the skywriter made an appearance.

Watch: Phil Mickelson hits terrifying flop shot over fan

Phil Mickelson is a master with his wedges who has pulled off some incredible trick shots over the years, and one fan trusts the golf Hall of Famer so much that he was willing to put his nose on the line — literally.

At a practice event ahead of The Open Championship on Tuesday, Mickelson had a fan stand no more than two feet in front of him and somehow flopped a shot right over the guy’s head.

Phil may be 48, but he’s clearly still got it. There are plenty of Mickelson fans who would not be as brave as the gentleman you see above, though his faith in “Lefty” was rewarded. Apparently he wasn’t concerned about some of the risks Mickelson has taken in the past that haven’t gone so smoothly.

Odds released for potential Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson showdown

Phil Mickelson recently revealed that he and Tiger Woods are exploring the possibility of playing a head-to-head match for $10 million, and the golf world cannot stop buzzing about it. And should the winner-take-all battle actually take place, Las Vegas will be prepared.

Multiple sportsbooks have already released odds and prop bets for a potential Tiger vs. Phil showdown. At BetOnline.AG, Woods is a slight favorite over Mickelson at -125 to win the match. Mickelson’s odds are currently listed at +105. SportsBettingDime.com sees things going a similar way, as that site lists Tiger at 2/3 to win and Mickelson at 3/2.

Odds on where the match might take place have also been released, with Emirates Golf Club in Dubai leading the way through BetOnline.AG at +275. Torrey Pines is next at +300. The book also lists the odds of the match actually happening at -280, while SportsBettingDime.com is slightly more confident at 1/2 odds.

How close is the match to actually happening? According to Mickelson, he thought it might take place on July 3 in Las Vegas, but a different date is now being worked on after that fell through. That seems to indicate that both golfers have agreed to it.

It goes without saying that Tiger and Phil are two of the most popular golfers to ever live, and Mickelson could be in need of a publicity boost after he embarrassed himself with a stunt at the US Open. A match between the two would be must-see TV.

Phil Mickelson responds to US Open disqualification talk

Phil Mickelson moving ball

Phil Mickelson angered many a golf purist on Saturday when he intentionally hit a ball on the putting green before it came to a stop, and there was some talk that the five-time major champion should have been disqualified for the stunt. Mickelson heard that chatter, and it inspired him to place a call to the USGA.

Mickelson said he intentionally took a two-shot penalty on the 13th hole at Shinnecock Hills to take advantage of the rules. USGA CEO Mike Davis said Mickelson called him on Saturday to make sure he wasn’t supposed to be given the boot.

“Phil really did want to understand how the rule operates,” Davis said, via Randall Mell of the Gold Channel. “Frankly, as he said to me, `Mike, I don’t want to play in this championship if I should have been disqualified.’

“He was really wanting information to say, ‘Help me understand, because I’ve been hearing stuff in the media that maybe it’s a disqualification.’ I said, ‘Phil, that’s simply not the case.’ I’m not going to speak for Phil, but it seemed he was very appreciative of that, and said, `Listen, it would be helpful if the USGA clarified that, just to make sure everybody understands how that rule operates.’”

The USGA said the two-stroke penalty was the proper ruling. Some people weren’t satisfied with Mickelson’s excuse, and frankly the 48-year-old didn’t seem to care. Whether the two-strike penalty was harsh enough or not, it’s hard to feel like Mickelson didn’t act childishly and out of frustration. That’s something that’s very uncharacteristic of the World Golf Hall of Famer.