Epic Carnival | Where Sports and Pop Culture Collide: YOU MAD, MICKELSON?

YOU MAD, MICKELSON?

by Jarrett Carter, Stet Sports Blog

Phil Mickelson is fed up with coming in second place. If it wasn't for Tiger Woods, he'd probably be driving around in fancy Buicks and getting his own brand of Gatorade.

Instead, he's forever linked to Winged Foot-in-throat syndrome, and being the little banana to the Big Kahuna that is Tiger Woods.

But he shouldn't be mad. He should be grateful that someone like Tiger Woods came along to elevate his game and launch him into the discussion of being one of the greatest of all time.

Woods' career has been an exercise in lunacy. It's crazy to think that one mind could be so focused so often, especially in a sport like golf where its you, the club, the hole, and mother nature.

And yet, Phil has been right there every step of the way. For a while, Vijay Singh was the talk of the town, but Mickelson was always in the "who can possibly catch Tiger?" discussion. And if it were not for Tiger, would Mickelson ever have the motivation to be that consistently locked in?

I don't think so.

Phil Mickelson is one of the best ever, and were it not for his playing prime crashing at Woods' intersection of genius and destiny, it would be his name up there with Ben Hogan and Arnold Palmer.

Besides, not everyone drives Buicks and drinks Gatorade.

2 comment(s):

UKChris said...
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UKChris said...

Um, one of the best ever? He has three major titles. One more than John Daly. He's been a good golfer but I don't know if his resume is worthy of a "one of the best ever" designation...


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