I have a confession to make and most of you won’t like it; I hate Phil Mickelson. I know that Lefty is a popular guy on tour and was basically number 2 in golf behind Tiger all those years, but I just can’t like the guy. There’s just so much about him as a person, I wonder why people root for him so hard. Firstly, the guy just seems evil. He has a politician’s smile that makes Hillary Clinton’s seem genuine. You know what I’m talking about. It’s that smile that just says, “I hope no one can tell that I’m not really happy and instead despise everyone here.” He has that smile and he has those dead eyes too. Come to think about it, I think he would make a great candidate for president of the United States at this point.
He’s also just not that good. Here’s another unpopular opinion I typically don’t root for the losers in sports. If it’s my city’s team or athlete I will root for them through thick and thin. But for just a random athlete or team they have to be winners or underdogs. Phil Mickelson should be a winner but isn’t. A lot of you may say, “Well you’re wrong because he’s won 5 majors.” This is true, however, Mickelson should have won several more if he didn’t personally screw himself. His pride in keeping up his strategy of aggressive play cost him true legendary status.
I’m not saying that Mickelson is a bad golfer in any respect, because that’s just statistically not true. All I’m saying is that Mickelson should have been a lot better. Now, I’m saying all of this from the level of a fan. In no way can I comprehend the pressure felt standing over a shot Sunday at a major. It’s understandable that someone can make a mistake in that situation. But as fans we don’t root for understandable, we root for someone to do something that there is no way we could do ourselves. We root for people to break the glass ceilings of what we as a species thought was impossible. And in that regard, Mickelson came up short. I don’t care if that’s unfair for me to say.
Mickelson is also terrible in the Ryder Cup. Terrible as in he has a losing record. Like if he were an American football team he would get first overall pick in next years draft. I do get that the games played in the Ryder Cup are much different than regular stroke play, and that a lot of your success depends on how your teammate performs as well. But still. For the guy that was basically #2 to Tiger his whole life, he should not be that bad in the Ryder Cup. Golf is golf, play well you do well, and Mickelson certainly has not represented Team USA well.
Anyway, that’s my rant on Phil Mickelson. Golf is too gentlemanly and soft to the point that nobody hates each other (or at least publicly). There aren’t really rivalries or guys getting booed. That’s not how I am. So I will continue my open hate of Phil Mickelson, and hey he’s from San Diego maybe he’ll ask me in person why I hate him.