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Here’s to hoping Phil Mickelson’s run at the Desert Classic is a sign of things to come in 2019

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Congratulations to Adam Long. His birdie Sunday on the eighteenth green at the Desert Classic to win his first PGA Tour event in six starts was nothing short of remarkable. Everything was riding on a birdie putt for the 31-year old, exemptions the biggest payday of his life and more. He nailed it.

Not so for Phil Mickelson who could only stand back and watch on the 18th finishing T2.

If Mickelson had won Sunday at PGA West, it would merely be just another victory, his 47th worldwide. A win at a tournament that is mostly sentimental, not on broadcast TV, a tournament with ties to his old golf coach at ASU.  A nice way to start the year. Phil’s amazing, etc etc etc.

Merely watching Mickelson play good golf and go for the win was good enough for mid-January.

Watching Phil go low 60 12-under out the gate on Thursday got people excited and was the story of the tournament and rightly so. The stars doing what they do almost always gets the story.

As much as everyone feels that Tiger contending again in Majors is important, really a combination of big names playing well at any major is enough to feed the sports and golf viewing public. Phil Mickelson included.

As important as Tiger is to a broader audience, Phil is just as important to the core golf audience. He gets the viewers and the fans alike. He’s a magical shot maker and improviser with real personality on the course and with the fans who attend the Tour events.

It’s unrealistic and not necessary for the big names in golf to play out of their minds at the hardest courses in the world at the biggest stages every time out. The idea that anyone golfer can contend at every single event and every single major just is ignorance to the ways of golf.

For the viewing public, we just want Phil or Tiger to be in the hunt come Sunday afternoon at one of the majors.

The U.S. Open is the only major lefty has yet to win. He’s struggled in the event as of late, outside of the Top 20 in the last five years.  The U.S. Open is at Pebble Beach in June where he has four career wins. Phil will turn 49 the Sunday of the final round. This should be the year Phil Mickelson adds a sixth major championship.

 

 

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