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He has been with us longer than Tiger now. He has played in the wake of Tiger, sometimes awash in that wake. As Tiger has made several major swing changes, Phil has essentially stuck with the same swing. It’s familiar to us, his fans. He approaches the ball like a gladiator, pulls the trigger, and whips back his flail just past parallel, and unleashes a drive that no one, no where , knows exactly where it will land. He looks apprehensively to the right or the left, as do all golfers in heaven. The very Earth tilts farther in the looking. Quakes and volcanoes trigger. Rivers flood. Fish leap. Mountains slide. Golfers spill their beer. Phil tips his cap. Earth breathes a sigh. He’s in the fairway.

Phil’s a good guy. People pull for him. People want him to win, especially lately. Phil is running out of time, and it shows. ┬áHe has some kind of arthritic condition, the name of which sounds much worse than arthritis itself. Phil has experienced a perfect storm of maladies. His wife Amy is being treated for cancer, as has Amy’s mom. One of Phil’s daughters had a seizure and spent the night in a hospital. This shouldn’t be happening to one as blessed as Phil, but Phil takes life, and golf, as it comes, with a strong dose of courage and guts and perseverance.

Phil has won four majors. He knows, we all know, it should be double that, and not just because of Tiger. Phil takes chances. Phil the Thrill, all the guys at Bennett Valley call him. A train wreck (more…)

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Did anyone see Jason Day hit a totally fat tee shot a couple weeks ago in Hawaii that went about 50 yards, then screw up his approach, then reach the green about 25 feet from the cup, and drop the putt for a par? Putting can salvage a lousy hole like a grand slam homer when your team’s down 3-0 in the bottom of the ninth. Three flubs and a bomb can get the golf gods dancing around your head, breathing new life into a ho hum round, like Robert Garrigus dropping a 50 foot eagle putt for a share of the lead after a poor third round in Hawaii. That’s the point of never letting golf get you down: A great putt may just be over the horizon. Remember that, Ray Romano (the Master of Negative Thinking): One great putt can help you break 80.

And despite the golf pundits, putting doesn’t require much technique. You take the shortest, most easily controlled club in the bag, (more…)

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