I Hate Phil Mickelson

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 Hate Phil Mickelson

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.

St. Andrews Golf & Country Club

St. Andrews Golf & Country Club
. . . more than just golf . . .
New Affordable and Luxury Homes Now Available

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Located on over 400 pristine acres, the property at St. Andrews Golf and Country Club is atop one of the highest elevations in West Georgia.  The convenience of St. Andrews to downtown Atlanta, and to the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, make the golf, swim and tennis community at St. Andrews one of the most popular new home development communities in the Atlanta metropolitan area.
A 2004 Top Ten Course*

*Best of the Best, State Daily Fee Course Category, Georgia Fairways Magazine, January/February 2004
St. Andrews Golf and Country Club offers the amenities and services expected of a golf, tennis, and swim community.  In addition to the new luxury and affordable homes to be built in three planned phases, the housing plan also includes construction of an active adult village, and an on-site assisted living facility.
When complete, the community at St. Andrews will be a self-contained community supported by a shopping center with a major grocery store chain as its anchor.  The golf, swim, and tennis club at St. Andrews will be a private club of 500 members.
Site links for additional information.
St. Andrews Golf and Country Club – – we really are “more than just golf.”
For information related to St. Andrews, please email us at StAndrews67@AOL.com, or you can FAX us at 770-489-2258. To call St. Andrews for information, the main number is at 770-489-2200, and the departments are as follows:  Golf Shop – extension 1, Home Sales – extension 2,  Special Events – extension 3,  Member Services – extension 4,  Restaurant – extension 5.
Directions:  From I-20 West of Atlanta: Go approx. 20 miles to Exit 30 (Post Road). Turn left (south) and go to the 2nd stop sign to Carroll/Tyree Road (approx. 10 miles). Turn right and go approx. 1/2 mile to entrance sign. Turn left and follow directions to club.
From Highway 166: Go to Post Road intersection. Turn south, go to first stop sign to Carroll/Tyree Road (approx. 3 miles). Turn right & go approx. 1/2 mile to entrance sign. Turn left and follow directions.

What’s Your Favorite Golf Movie?

Movies provide such an amazing experience and ability to enthrall us into any story that is well told and executed. Golf movies, although they are rare, are no different. When thinking of my favorite golf movies I could only come up with a handful. Thinking that I must have forgotten some I did some research and found out that there are simply not many great golf movies. There are about five great golf movies and they are: Happy Gilmore, Caddyshack, The Greatest Game Ever Played, Tin Cup, and The Legend of Bagger Vance. Going through Google I was surprised to see that there weren’t more that I had just not thought of. Nope, classic golf movies are rarer than me making eagle.

I’m going to focus on my three favorite movies here, those being Happy Gilmore, Caddyshack, and The Greatest Game Ever Played.

What’s Your Favorite Golf Movie

This may ruffle some feathers but Happy Gilmore is my favorite golf movie of all time. This is a classic Adam Sandler movie back when he was still funny. Everything from the Subway commercial, to Grizzly Adams references, and his fight with Bob Barker make this movie incredibly funny and memorable regardless of whether you like golf or not. “Gold Jacket, Green Jacket, who gives a hoot?”

Second in line is not far behind with Caddyshack. Caddyshack is that classic 1970s comedy with a powerhouse cast including Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, and Rodney Dangerfield. This movie is filled with lines that go under the radar the first time you watch it. Actually this movie went under the radar for me when I first watched it. However, it ages like a fine wine getting better and better each time you watch it.

Number three on this list is “The Greatest Game Ever Played” with Shia LeBeouf. This is a great golf movie and incredibly underrated. It tells the unlikely story of Francis Ouimet’s journey to winning the U.S Open as an amateur. This happened in my home state of Massachusetts at Brookline Country Club (also known just as “The Country Club”). Even back then, a young and impoverished amateur like Ouimet was incredibly unlikely for him to win the major. Another testament that golfers who don’t come from country club backgrounds can still go out and compete.

And that’s my top 3, if you haven’t seen all three of these movies I suggest you take a day and marathon them all. In fact, I may just do that this weekend.

Why I Love Golf

Golf has been with me since I was a child. Golf and family blended together and formed the man I am today. Golf will be a part of my life until the day that I die.

My first memory playing golf was at this short par 3 a few towns from where I lived. As a kid, the drive to the course felt incredibly far away as if it in the middle of nowhere. In reality it was maybe 20 minutes away. I was introduced to the game first by my grandfather. I played that first time with him and my uncle. I was young, about 5 or 6. I remember not having any idea of what I was doing. I knew I had to hit the ball and get it in the hole but the concept and depth of the game alluded my young mind.
I won’t lie to you, I was not in love with the sport since birth. I didn’t grow up with a club in my hand like Eldrick or Rory. Golf was a cool sport for me as a child but I was more into baseball, hockey, and football. These were sports I played more frequently and was better at. I was really bad at golf as a child and I hated the fact that the ball didn’t comply with my wishes like it did in other sports.

As I got older I continued to play a few times every summer with my Dad, and sometimes my uncles or my grandfather. I played golf with my Dad, my grandfather, and my younger brother on my Dad’s 40th birthday. I remember my younger brother skulled a shot while my poor old granddad was on the green going to his ball. He was paying attention but the ball came so quickly he wasn’t able to react in time. I remember seeing his leg a little bit later thinking he had swallowed the golf ball and it had come up underneath the skin on his shin.

Why I Love Golf

My grandfather died when I was in the eighth grade. It was one of the first times in my life I had to deal with someone passing away, and it was amplified all the more by the fact that I grew up so incredibly close with my grandfather. He was the man who taught me how to play golf. He taught me how to mow the lawn. He taught me how to play poker. The man who taught me so much about life was gone and I didn’t understand it; one second he was here, the next second he was gone, and he wasn’t coming back.

I don’t even remember who gave it to me but some time after his death I ended up with his driver’s club head cover. The thing had to have been at least 40 years old. The sock was sewn with wool and the cover was a bulldog, eyes barely visible, hat on his head, smoking a cigar. It was such an incredibly unique cover, I always wondered how and where he got it from. From then on, every round I played, I was reminded of him when teeing off. It was a great way to remember my grandfather while playing the game we both love.

**Unfortunately, that club head cover was stolen from me along with all my clubs one week after arriving in San Diego. I have a similar club head cover now but I’ll never get back that original.

I love the game of golf because of the time I’ve spent with family and friends playing it. The game itself will always be a wave of gratifying and frustrating emotions. But the memories I have on the courses are always about the people I was with and the bonds formed there.

The last time I played Torrey Pines my family was out visiting on vacation from Boston. I played with my Dad and my younger brother just like on my Dad’s fortieth birthday all those years ago but without my grandfather. We were on the fourth hole on the South Course, which is about a 450 YD par 4 that rests right on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. We were walking down the fairway towards our balls as the sun was beginning to set over the water, and a hawk came flying out of nowhere no more than 5 feet over our heads. My grandfather’s favorite bird was a hawk, and I couldn’t help but think that somehow he was there playing right along side us. That’s why I love golf.