Best Quote of the Decade

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Phil Mickelson

Best Quote of the Decade - Voting Results
  • 'Be the right club today.' - Hal Sutton at the 2000 Players - 30%
  • 'If you put Old Tom Morris against Tiger Woods, he'd probably beat him by 80 shots right now.' - Ernie Els at the 2000 U.S. Open - 4%
  • 'He hates that I can fly it past him now. ... but he has inferior equipment.' - Phil Mickelson on Tiger Woods in 2003 - 9%
  • 'I am such an idiot.' - Phil Mickelson after losing the 2006 U.S. Open - 47%
  • 'Anything can happen, especially where he's hitting it.' - Stephen Ames on Tiger Woods, who beat Ames, 9 and 8, at the 2006 Match Play - 10%

Phil Mickelson stood before a small group of dumfounded reporters. Fresh off a double bogey on the final hole at Winged Foot, and just minutes removed from signing his scorecard, Mickelson was at a loss to explain how he had just lost the 2006 U.S. Open.

'I am such an idiot,' he said in a beleagured moment of honesty, five words that comprised your vote as Best Quote of the Decade.

Having won each of the last two major championships, and leading the Open by one with one hole to play, Mickelson needed only a par on the home hole to keep alive a possible 'Mickel-Slam.'

Deciding upon driver off the tee, Mickelson pushed his tee shot well left, his ball bounding off a corporate tent. Playing aggressively and forgoing a pitch out, Mickelson's second shot clipped a tree and barely advanced 25 yards. His third shot finished buried in a greenside bunker. It would take two more shots to get on the green, and one more putt to finish the biggest major debacle since Jean Van de Velde at the 1999 Open Championship.

Geoff Ogilvy was the benefactor of Mickelson's meltdown, finishing the exacting tournament at 5-over 285.

Mickelson wasn't the only player to blow an opportunity to win that major on the final hole – Colin Montgomerie, Jim Furyk and Padraig Harrington were guilty as well. But the 2006 U.S. Open will always be remembered for Mickelson's collapse, and he admission of idiocy afterwards.


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