Hanging with Phil

By Kelly TilghmanAugust 26, 2009, 5:43 pm

NEW YORK – I spent an hour with Phil Mickelson Tuesday in the Big Apple. In conjunction with his trip to New Jersey for The Barclays, he worked in a visit with his friend and sponsor Bob Diamond, CEO of Barclays.

We met at 50th St. and 7th Avenue, on the second floor of Barclays Wealth. Phil was hanging out in Bob’s office in the middle of the trading floor. Bob’s walls are made of glass, his desktop is coated with autographed sports memorabilia that had Phil drooling with envy. Phil was quick to tell me that the trading floor is not a common place for a corporate head to conduct his affairs but that’s what makes Bob so successful. He’s a man of action and accountability. 

Phil was playful, in great spirits and looking quite dapper. Wearing a slimming pinstripe power suit with a pink tie and matching ascot, Lefty was very modest about his considerable weight loss. Among our many topics of conversation were the New York Yankees, the San Diego Chargers and the Boston Red Sox. Phil and Bob have spent the better part of their relationship ribbing each other about their beloved sports teams. Lefty is a diehard Chargers fan. Bob adores his New England Patriots. In typical Mickelson style, Phil reminds Bob that San Diego’s “majors” are coming.

As we ventured out onto the trading floor, Phil was cheered. His love affair with New Yorkers radiates in the heart of Manhattan. Mickelson encouraged everyone to come watch him play at Liberty National and thanked them for their kind words about wife Amy who continues her treatments for breast cancer.

It became obvious in my conversations with Phil that it may be a long time before Amy returns to the public eye. His schedule is still week-to-week as he tends to his family’s needs but his sense of humor is very much intact and his appreciation for his fans is at an all-time high.

Catch my interview with Phil and Bob Diamond on tonight’s 'Golf Central' (at 6 p.m. ET). Phil talks about his financial portfolio and his reason for choosing a suit with pinstripes. He also shares a touching story about the first person to reach out to his family upon the discovery of Amy’s cancer.

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PGA Tour, LPGA react to video review rules changes

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 1:32 pm

The USGA and R&A announced on Monday updates to the Rules of Golf, including no longer accepting call-ins relating to violations. The PGA Tour and LPGA, which were both part of a working group of entities who voted on the changes, issued the following statements:

PGA Tour:

The PGA Tour has worked closely with the USGA and R&A on this issue in recent years, and today's announcement is another positive step to ensure the Rules of Golf align with how the game is presented and viewed globally. The PGA Tour will adopt the new Local Rule beginning January 1, 2018 and evolve our protocols for reviewing video evidence as outlined.


We are encouraged by the willingness of the governing bodies to fully vet the issues and implement real change at a pace much quicker than the sport has seen previously. These new adaptations, coupled with changes announced earlier this year, are true and meaningful advances for the game. The LPGA plans to adopt fully the protocols and new Local Rule as outlined.

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Sharma closes on Monday, wins Joburg Open

By Associated PressDecember 11, 2017, 12:43 pm

JOHANNESBURG – Shubhankar Sharma won his first European Tour title by a shooting 3-under 69 Monday in the final round of the weather-delayed Joburg Open.

The 21-year-old Indian resumed his round on the eighth green after play was halted early Sunday afternoon because of storms. He parred that hole, birdied No. 9 and made par on every hole on the back nine.

Full-field scores from the Joburg Open

Sharma finished at 23-under 264, three strokes ahead of the pack, and qualified for next year's British Open, too.

''I actually wasn't going to come here about a week ago ... so I'm really happy that I came,'' said Sharma, who shot 61 in the second round. ''I don't think I'm ever going forget my first time in South Africa.''

Erik van Rooyen (66) was second, three strokes ahead of Shaun Norris (65) and Tapio Pulkkanen (68).

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By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 pm

Sharma among three Open qualifiers at Joburg Open

By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:16 pm

Shubhankar Sharma earned his first career European Tour win at the rain-delayed Joburg Open and punched his ticket to The Open in the process.

Sharma returned to Randpark Golf Club Monday morning after storms washed out much of the scheduled final day of play. Beginning the re-start with a four-shot lead, he hung on to win by three over South Africa's Erik Van Rooyen.

Both men can make travel plans for Carnoustie next summer, as this was the second event in the Open Qualifying Series with three spots available for players not otherwise exempt who finished inside the top 10. The final spot went to Shaun Norris, who tied for third with Finland's Tapio Pulkkanen but had a higher world ranking (No. 192) than Pulkkanen (No. 197) entering the week.

The Joburg Open was the final official European Tour event of the year. The next tournament in the Open Qualifying Series will be the SMBC Singapore Open in January, where four spots at Carnoustie will be up for grabs.