Re: Is Phil Mickelson fake?
As I have said in many posts before, I am not a Phil fan. However, I did pull for him over the weekend and was impressed with his attitude and play. He seemed to be more emotional and "real" on the course. His smile seemed much more authentic then the grin he usually sports. It seemed like he dropped his vaneer a little for the team. I wish he would do it more often.
There was a great blurb in the Notes section of TGC's e-news letter today about Phil vs. Vijay.
That wasn't a subtle statement Phil Mickelson made by wearing soft spikes against Vijay Singh.
Their frosty relationship turned arctic two years ago at the Masters when Singh complained that Mickelson and his 8-millimeter spikes were ruining the greens. During a rain delay, they got into a heated argument in the Champions locker room at Augusta National.
Mickelson, however, said he switched over to soft spikes about the time he went to work with Butch Harmon.
"We changed my foot work," Mickelson said. "I started practicing in soft spikes and started playing in soft spikes in my practice round and didn't switch. What I found was it felt better on my back."
Mickelson said he still plans to use metal spikes, but he prefers soft spikes when playing 36 holes, such as the Presidents Cup.
"I only had one shot this week were I slipped, so that's encouraging," he said. "When I swing harder at it, I've been all over the place in the past, and now I'm able to maintain better balance."
Don't think metal spikes didn't cross his mind for the Sunday singles at Royal Montreal.
"I thought about it just for today," Mickelson said. "I thought that would be funny. But I couldn't find any."
If there is one guy I like less than Phil it's Vijay, so bravo to Phil he earned an additional point with me for that shot.