Posts Tagged ‘Amy Mickelson’

First, congratulations to Phil Mickelson on winning the Masters. He showed true grit coming down the stretch, a champion’s disposition, the heart of a samurai, a deep meditator without even knowing he was meditating, focused and flexible, a Light Brigade in the form of a golfer. I had advised in a previous post that he go home and be with his wife, that she was too much on his mind to concentrate on golf. I was wrong. Instead, he dedicated his performance to his wife, thereby remaining a man fully in the moment, for the moment was a representation of her and his family. And she came to him, which I didn’t anticipate since I didn’t know her ability to do so. It was one of the great inspirational performances in the history of sport. His approach shot through the trees on 13 from the pine straw, over Rae’s Creek, hitting the green and making birdie was a golfer acting at the very highest levels of skill and courage. I would include it with the best of any shot I’ve ever seen, and will heretofore use it as a model for all the golf I have left to play. Phil, his caddie, Bones, and his wife Amy are true class acts.

Next, Tiger. He impressed me with his golf, of course, but also with his humanness: his connection with the fans, his giving out autographs, his warm relationship with K.J. Choi whom he chatted with and put his hand on his shoulder, his relative restraint around fist pumps and profanity. There’s no quit to this guy, and that too is a trait I highly admire. Given the scandal, (more…)

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Phil Mickelson is struggling some this year. Without Tiger on the card up to now, he should have won a couple, leaving the spotlight to Ernie Els. Both his driving and putting are off, the double dip death for the touring pro. What’s going on?

Golf is an extraordinary game. One stray thought that enters the mind while swinging interrupts the flow and throws off the timing, usually ruining any chance of hitting the kind of shots needed to win tournaments. Phil’s wife, Amy, is being treated for cancer and therein lies the answer to the conundrum. She is on his mind and his heart. He’s worried and concerned, ¬†and can’t concentrate fully on his golf. You can see it in his face, his posture, his demeanor. He is bravely putting on a good show but his swing is just a bit loose, his putting stroke a bit hesitant, his moxie a bit lacking. It all sort of came to a head yesterday when his drive landed in a bush, (more…)

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