Notes Masters memories for Mickelson

By Associated PressApril 29, 2010, 3:20 am

Quail Hollow ChampionshipCHARLOTTE, N.C. – One picture getting plenty of attention the day after the Masters was Phil Mickelson in a green jacket. There was nothing unusual about that except for where the photo was taken.

Mickelson was in his car at the window of a Krispy Kreme doughnut shop in Augusta, Ga.

The three-time Masters champion says he doesn’t eat a lot of carbohydrates or sugars during the tournament, which was only a problem because his kids wanted doughnuts. So he made a deal that he would take them to Krispy Kreme on Monday after the Masters.

As for the green jacket?

“It was a little chilly, so I threw on a jacket,” he said Wednesday.

The surprise was when he returned home to San Diego. His family left Augusta a few hours after going to Krispy Kreme, and when the plane landed, Mickelson noticed he had received texts and e-mails about the photo, which was taken by an employee.

“It’s fascinating because it just shows how things have changed over the last 15, 20 years since I was out on tour,” Mickelson said. “When I went to college we didn’t have cell phones, and since I’m out of college and out on tour, everybody is media now. The lady behind the counter at Krispy Kreme is media, and it’s an interesting thing to get used to.”

Mickelson took time during his two-week break to watch highlights from Augusta National, and while he had full confidence in his majestic 6-iron off the pine straw and over Rae’s Creek on the 13th hole Sunday, he conceded that it sure looked different on TV.

“I guess if you’re on the outside looking in and you see this guy in the pine needles and the trees and stuff, trying to hit a shot through the trees and around the trunks and over the water, I could see somebody questioning that,” Mickelson said. “But when you’re in it, when you’re out there in it and you see the lie and you see the shot and you see the target, it doesn’t seem as daunting.

“But as I kind of looked back and saw some of the pictures, I was like, “What was I doing?’ But it worked out.”

PRIVATE LIFE: Nothing about Tiger Woods’ private life is all that private any longer. If he didn’t realize that already, there were photos and comments about Woods going to a Nickelback concert in Orlando, Fla., after the Masters.

“A couple of band members are friends of mine, and that’s why I went,” Woods said. “I just had a great time. And unfortunately, I got criticized for seeing my friends.”

Woods was asked if he felt as though he could start leading a relatively normal life away from golf.

“No, there’s paparazzi everywhere – at home, helicopters here and there, people driving by, paparazzi camping out in front of the gates. That hasn’t changed,” he said.

UNDER HIS THUMB: Despite winning the Houston Open and challenging at the Masters, Anthony Kim is not at full health. He will need surgery at some point to reattach the ligament in his left thumb.

When? That’s the big question.

“The doctor has told me when the pain gets too hard to deal with, that’s when I should do it,” Kim said. “But as of now, he said it can’t get any worse, so I guess that’s a good thing. I’m just going to keep playing until I can’t anymore.”

Kim said proper recovery would take two or three months, depending on the amount of damage and how surgery goes. He made it sound unlikely that he would wait until the end of the year.

“I don’t think I’m going to take that chance because I want to play in the Ryder Cup, and that’s a huge goal of mine,” he said. “It was probably one of the greatest moments I’ve had playing golf, or greatest weeks I’ve had playing golf. So I want to be healthy for that. I just want to time it right. But at the same time, I want to play in all the majors, too, so in golf there’s not really a good time to take time off. I just have to get with my team and see what’s the right plan.”

DOUBLE EAGLE HAS LANDED: Tiger Woods is still trying to find his rhythm from a five-month layoff, although he showed glimpses during one of his practice rounds at home in Isleworth with John Cook. He made the third albatross of his career with a 5-wood from 260 yards on No. 17.

“Never saw it go in,” Woods said. “The green is slightly elevated, so I knew it landed on the green, and when we got up there, there was a ball mark and there was no ball. And that’s a pretty good feeling, especially when we had a few dollars on the line, too. That put me up on the last hole. So I was even more happy.”

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Fowler (oblique) withdraws from playoff opener

By Will GrayAugust 15, 2018, 8:44 pm

The injury that slowed Rickie Fowler at last week's PGA Championship will keep him out of the first event of the PGA Tour's postseason.

Fowler was reportedly hampered by an oblique injury at Bellerive Country Club, where he started the third round two shots off the lead but faded to a tie for 12th. He confirmed the injury Tuesday in an Instagram post, adding that an MRI revealed a partial tear to his right oblique muscle.

According to Fowler, the injury also affected him at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, where he tied for 17th. After receiving the test results, he opted to withdraw from The Northern Trust next week at Ridgewood Country Club in New Jersey.

"My team and I feel like it's best not to play next week in the Northern Trust," Fowler wrote. "I will be back healthy and competitive ASAP for the FedEx Cup and more than ready for the Ryder Cup!!!"

Fowler is one of eight players who earned automatic spots on the U.S. Ryder Cup team when the qualifying window closed last week. His next opportunity to tee it up would be at the 100-man Dell Technologies Championship, where Fowler won in 2015.

Fowler has 12 top-25 finishes in 18 starts, highlighted by runner-up finishes at both the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in the fall and at the Masters. He is currently 17th in the season-long points race, meaning that he's assured of starts in each of the first three playoff events regardless of performance and in good position to qualify for the 30-man Tour Championship for the fourth time in the last five years.

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Playoff streaks in jeopardy for Garcia, Haas

By Will GrayAugust 15, 2018, 8:12 pm

Since the advent of the FedExCup in 2007, only 13 players have managed to make the playoffs each and every year. But two of the PGA Tour's stalwarts head into the regular-season finale with work to do in order to remain a part of that select fraternity.

Sergio Garcia has rarely had to sweat the top-125 bubble, but the Spaniard enters this week's Wyndham Championship 131st in the current standings. Left with even more work to do is former FedExCup winner Bill Haas, who starts the week in Greensboro 150th.

Garcia got off to a strong start in the spring, sandwiching a pair of top-10 finishes in WGC events around a fourth-place showing at the Valspar Championship. But quality results largely dried up after Garcia missed the cut at the Masters; he has made only two cuts in 10 Tour starts since April, including early exits in all four majors.

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Garcia has some history at Sedgefield Country Club, having won this event in 2012 to break a lengthy U.S. victory drought. He also finished fourth in 2009 but hasn't played the Donald Ross layout since a T-29 finish as the defending champ in 2013.

It's been a difficult year for Haas both on and off the course, as the veteran was involved as a passenger in a car accident on the eve of the Genesis Open that killed the driver. He returned to action three weeks later in Tampa, and he tied for seventh at the RBC Heritage in April. But that remains his lone top-10 finish of the season. Haas has missed 11 cuts including three in a row.

While the bubble will be a fluid target this week at Sedgefield, Garcia likely needs at least a top-20 finish to move into the top 125 while Haas will likely need to finish inside the top 5.

One of the 13 playoff streaks is assured of ending next week, as Luke Donald has missed most of the year with a back injury. Other players to qualify for every Tour postseason include Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Zach Johnson, Adam Scott, Bubba Watson, Justin Rose, Brandt Snedeker, Charles Howell III, Charley Hoffman and Ryan Moore.

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Airlines lose two sets of Olesen's clubs in 10 days

By Grill Room TeamAugust 15, 2018, 7:50 pm

Commercial airlines losing the golf clubs of a professional golfer is not exactly a groundbreaking story. It happens.

But European Tour pro Thorbjorn Olesen is on quite the roll, losing two sets of clubs and five suitcases in the span of 10 days.

Olesen, the reigning Italian Open champ, claimed his primary set of golf clubs were lost last week. Having little faith they'd be found before this week's Nordea Masters, he decided to bring his backup set for the event in Sweden.

A veteran move by the 28-year-old, unless, of course, those clubs were lost too. And wouldn't you know it:

After pestering the airlines with some A+ GIFs, Olesen was reunited with at least one of his sets and was back in action on Wednesday.

He also still plans on giving his golf bag away to some lucky follower, provided it's not lost again in transit. Something he's no longer taking for granted.

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Podcast: Brandel compares Tiger and Hogan's comebacks

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 15, 2018, 6:48 pm

Tiger Woods on Sunday at Bellerive recorded his seventh runner-up finish in a major and his first in nine years.

A favorite guest of the Golf Channel Podcast, Brandel Chamblee joins host Will Gray to compare and contrast Tiger's return to competitive golf with that of Ben Hogan and Babe Didrikson Zaharias in the 1950s.

Chamblee also discusses Brooks Koepka's major dominance, Bellerive as a major venue, Tiger and Phil as Ryder Cup locks, and who else might be in line to receive Jim Furyk and Thomas Bjorn's remaining captain's picks.

Finally, Brandel shares what it was it was like to qualify for the Senior Open Championship and compete for a major title on the Old Course at St. Andrews. Listen here: