April 11, 2004

APB - Anybody But Phil!: America's most lovable loser Phil Mickelson heads into the final day of the Masters with a share of the lead. But not everybody will be rooting for him whole-heartedly. "Without rain, there is no rainbow. Without darkness, there is no light. Without Phil going 0-for-47 in majors, there is no punch line."

posted by gspm to golf at 06:34 AM - 6 comments

He's playing pretty damn well, that's for sure...but then, he has put himself in this position many, many times. And so has Ernie Els. Watch for Els to close the deal down the stretch today.

posted by vito90 at 09:57 AM on April 11, 2004

DiMarco could play David Toms' part in Mickelson's Greek tragedy this year, stealing his first major out from under Phil's nose. I resisted picking Phil before the Masters (seemed like everyone else was tipping him), but I did mention DiMarco in my shotgun approach to naming a favorite. My pick to win today: DiMarco. Gotta love some Phil quotes I read today: How does it feel to go into a final round at the Masters with Tiger, essentially, nowhere in sight? Mickelson flashed a sheepish grin, waited a beat and said: "Well, it doesn't suck." ----- "The difference now is, I'm putting it in play," Mickelson said. "My decision-making has improved for the simple reason I'm driving it in play. I don't have the decisions that I had when I was off in the trees. "It's like a whole different game. So much easier." Here he paused again and quipped: "I wish somebody would have told me this earlier."

posted by msacheson at 11:22 AM on April 11, 2004

Good on ya, Phil. Great tuhnahment. I loved watching it today, though my bladder is killing me. No commercial breaks is great in concept, tough in reality.

posted by msacheson at 05:35 PM on April 11, 2004

Well, good on Phil for winning. And kudos to everyone who called it, including Youkongold, 86, and-- oh, me! vito, hope you brought an appetite!

posted by chicobangs at 05:43 PM on April 11, 2004

Someone find me a sportsbook. First Uconn, now Phil. Guess I better get my NBA playoff thinking cap on now!

posted by YukonGold at 10:56 AM on April 12, 2004

"I'll eat every PC in my office if Mickleson wins... hell, I'll eat the office itself! He has no chance." Glad I didn't say that *cough*

posted by JJ at 09:52 AM on April 14, 2004

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