May 23, 2021

Phil Mickelson Did What?: Half centurion Phil Mickelson has become the oldest golfer to ever win a major, taking the PGA Championship Sunday at Kiawah Island, South Carolina, before a full-capacity crowd that descended into bedlam. He's also the first to win tournaments 30 years apart. "He's been on tour as long as I've been alive," said Jon Rahm, to which I say shut the hell up kid.

posted by rcade to golf at 10:38 PM - 6 comments

It was a classic Mickelson round, too.

Just when it looked like an easy walk in the park, he started putting the ball in terrible locations. But, just like he almost always does, his recovery shots were phenomenal.

That second shot on 18, with the crowd around him like that, was fantastic.

posted by grum@work at 09:00 AM on May 24, 2021

Looking forward to him gambling all of his winnings away and then blaming the government

posted by NoMich at 10:24 AM on May 24, 2021

Tom Brady: "Phil, if you want to play at a championship level till you're an old man, you need to do as I did and modify your diet."

Phil: "OK, we'll close a bunch of Five Guys locations".

posted by beaverboard at 12:21 PM on May 24, 2021

As a fellow 50-year old whose body seeks to betray him at every opportunity, I think that's just amazing. You can be in "great shape for a 50-year old," which is pretty much garbage when compared to a 30-year old who is also on a strict diet and exercise regimen, as most of the PGA players are nowadays. So I heartily congratulate Phil on the accomplishment.

Looking forward to him gambling all of his winnings away and then blaming the government

But that piqued my interest. Should I use the google machine, or do you care to fill me in?

posted by tahoemoj at 03:53 PM on May 24, 2021

I remember something about him complaining how much he pays in taxes on his tens of millions of dollars he earns every year and then finding out he's also huge gambler. Just a flippant comment on part upthread

posted by NoMich at 09:46 AM on May 25, 2021

If pro golfers were smart, they'd rework their earnings numbers and spread out the money like NFL teams do with salaries and bonuses.

PGA players likely get killed accepting lump sum winnings. It might also favor the tournaments' finances to do parceled payouts.

If their endorsement deals are lucrative, some of the players ought to be able to employ the Leno principle: bank the larger of their two income streams and spend the lesser one.

If Mickelson had higher expenses instead of gambling losses, he'd have a lot less to complain about. Dude, lease a bigger LearJet and write it off. Quit with the 500 bucks if you can hit it out of the pine straw to within three feet of the hole.

posted by beaverboard at 10:48 AM on May 25, 2021

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