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Saturday
Apr182009

"Gee Nick, I didn't realise that you are such a big guy. How come you used to hit it so short?"

John Huggan examines the Phil-Tiger relationship and shares several juicy anecdotes. Two of my favorites:

Then again, Mickelson is hardly devoid of a sense of humour. Less than two weeks ago at the traditional Tuesday evening Champion's Dinner, he got stuck into, of all people, Nick Faldo. Standing next to the six-time major winner for the official photograph, the present world number two didn't miss the past number one. The trash-talking conversation went something like this:

Phil (loud enough for everyone to hear): "Gee Nick, I didn't realise that you are such a big guy. How come you used to hit it so short?"

Faldo: "Listen Phil, when you shoot 19 under par to win the Open at St Andrews you can start giving me a hard time."

Phil: "I understand that. But how come you hit it like such a pussy?"

Faldo: "I played golf the proper way."

Phil: "Yeah, like my wife."

And...

Still, even when Phil and wife Amy sent the Woods family a present to celebrate the birth of daughter Sam, there was an edge to the gesture. The miniature ping-pong table was a not-so-subtle reference to the fact that, at every Ryder Cup, Lefty is too good for his teammate when it comes to table tennis. (Rumour has it that Tiger has searched out expert coaching in order to rectify that situation next time round).

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Golf camaraderie!
04.19.2009 | Unregistered CommenterTodd Sentell
Dear Phil,

I resemble that remark.

Love always, A.
04.19.2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy M.
I'm sure Faldo will have simply pointed out the score of 6-2.

Beside Faldo played when it was a least part of the game to try and keep the ball on the fairway.
I look forward to seeing Mickleson standing knee deep in rough at The Open with a bemused look on his face (again).
04.19.2009 | Unregistered Commentergreenfee
You mean 6-3?
04.19.2009 | Unregistered CommenterScotty
It's funny when people get on Phil. He might be the only guy on the PGA Tour who acts and talks like one of my regular group. He's always an interesting interview.
04.19.2009 | Unregistered CommenterI Like Phil
Now it can be told. Tiger basically faked a knee injury so he wouldn't have to face Phil on the table tennis -uh- table during the Ryder Cup.
04.19.2009 | Unregistered CommenterScott
Mickelson, game, set, match.
04.19.2009 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor
@Scotty. Doh! Yes I mean 6-3. Apologies.
04.20.2009 | Unregistered Commentergreenfee
Why do people get on Lefty's back. He is much more human than Woods et al, proving time and again that he has a sense of humour and a connection to the public. I read elsewhere that Woods showed up late to the Champions Dinner at the Masters. Yet another example of him dishonouring tradition and fellow professionals.

I have a feeling that the recent footjoy ad was a big case of life imitating art!
04.20.2009 | Unregistered CommenterStyles
right on phil! one of the things i like best about golf is the trash talk. it's the best thing about playing in a regular foursome, imho.
04.20.2009 | Unregistered Commenterthusgone
Can anyone produce a charity-giving reconciliation for the Bay Hill PGA Tour event?
04.20.2009 | Unregistered CommenterHarris Chain
I was at the Masters this year. One of the small things that stuck in my mind was seeing Phil hit the ball 25 feet past the hole on 6 -- his partners Villegas and Furyk hit to about 5 feet each. As Phil is walking by their balls to read his putt, he said "nice shots, guys." And he and Furyk were talking to each other on almost every walk from tee to fairway. Phil acted like it was a casual round with the fellas.
04.20.2009 | Unregistered CommenterAdam
Phil is a great guy!

There is a small (very vocal) minority that are jealous of him and show it by their unfounded criticism of him.
C'mon!!! Phil is a dou@$bag! Everyone know's that. He's not real. Maybe Tiger doesn't tip as well or smile(fake) at the gallery as much, but he's definitely more popular in the locker room and not near as phony in interviews. Phil's lucky Faldo doesn't even take him seriously, or Phil would've had to withdraw from the tournament. Phil's pretty self aware out there if you ask me. Watch his on course reactions compared to other guys it will, make your skin crawl. What a fake!!!

http://ptothejizzle.blogspot.com/
04.28.2009 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

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