With only a week until the season’s last major championship, some golfers have been spotted at Oak Hill getting in some practice ahead of this week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone. Among the notables spotted at Oak Hill were the hottest player on the planet right now, Phil Mickelson along with Graeme McDowell and Rickie Fowler.
The old timers I grew up with used to say, “make hay while the sun shines”. Translation…Phil Mickelson is playing his best golf in almost a decade, so why not push hard to win the PGA Championship? For the first time in his career, Lefty is playing smart, and not trying to over-power golf courses and that type of maturity along with the best short game in golf, could equal a second major in 2013. Then there’s Tiger Woods who has been a thorn in Mickelson’s side for fifteen years, and is equally as hungry for a major.
Unfortunately, The LPGA is just starting to make a little noise in the US this year, but lacks the popular American star that could drive it to the levels it needs to be. Inbee Park is a wonderful golfer, but casual golf fans are wrapped up in the start of Football season, and the preparations for the PGA Championship next week. I, for one, hope she makes history this week and can move the needle for the LPGA.
You have to admit, shooting a 59 is not as important as it used to be. That’s strange because, course designers continue to add distance to golf courses around golf to compensate for the technology changes in equipment. But 59 has become “old hat”, so maybe it’s time for someone to shoot 58 and make 59 obsolete.
Phil Oscarson from The Bleacher Report has an interesting take on the mental aspect of golf, and wining major championships. We’ve seen some fine golfers over the ages fold when coming down the stretch on Sunday with a lead. All one has to do is look at Adam Scott’s failure at Royal Lytham last summer versus his performance at Augusta to see what the mental aspect of the game can do to a player.
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