I think maybe it's more in perspective for me, Mickelson said. I want to win this tournament badly. This is now my fifth second. I play well in this event and I enjoy this event. . . . I feel I'll have more and more chances.
Not sure where Mickelson will file this one ' near miss, choke job, emotional respite ' and runner-ups at major championships are little solace to players of his caliber, but given the circumstances this may have been Phil at his Open best.
The second hint came Wednesday when he arrived in Cromwell, Conn., for this weeks Travelers Championship. Not only did Glover keep his word, but he played in the pro-am and accommodated nearly an hours worth of media requests beforehand.
I called him on Saturday just to ask where his head was, said Travelers tournament director Nathan Grube. He just said, Im playin. And he never even asked to get out of the pro-am.
Nationwide Tour players rallied this week at the stop in West Virginia to honor the wife of Chris Smith, Beth, who was killed in a car crash last weekend, wearing caddie bibs with Smiths name on them and black ribbons.
Ken Green ' who lost his right leg, his brother and his girlfriend in a recent car crash ' is being honored this week at TPC River Highlands. Players, volunteers and fans were given green ribbons to show their support for Green, a native of Danbury, Conn.
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Seven of the eight Open rounds played at Bethpage have done so under threatening skies, traffic in and around the course is untenable, the fans are a bit much and, as Stewart Cink pointed out, the logistics of Bethpage are a shuttle bus nightmare.
The only bright spot to the week, other than the champion? There are no majors currently scheduled for the New York area.
After a few days in Cromwell this week it became clear that the Travelers is more than just a tournament to the little village that could. Its the sporting event of summer.
Singh, who has an endorsement deal with Stanford Financial reportedly worth $8 million and continues to wear the companys log on his visor and shirt, said through a statement issued by his management company, IMG, that Stanford has yet to be proven guilty.
While we applaud Singhs loyalty, we are curious. As long as the three-time major champion is doling out cash perhaps he could put some aside for the $7 billion Stanford is accused of swindling his investors out of.
The last European to win a U.S. Open was Tony Jacklin in 1970, while the folks from the other side of the pond were 0-for-10 decades at the PGA before Harrington, with the last European winner being Tommy Armour in 1930.
Point is despite an influx of youthful talent ' Luke Donald, Paul Casey, Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy and Ross Fisher, to name a few ' and a spotty U.S. Ryder Cup record in recent years, the continent continues to come up short when it really counts.
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