Posted July 18, 2013 on AP on Fox
Along with trying to win more majors, Phil Mickelson is giving some advice on how to run them. For the second straight round in a major, Mickelson had a few choice words for the way the golf course was set up. In the final round of the U.S. Open at Merion, he was caught on camera turning to U.S. Golf Association executive director Mike Davis and questioning why the par-3 third hole was 274 yards into the wind. He was a little more coy with the R&A on Thursday for some hole locations on greens that even at midday were brown and brutally quick. ''We've got (to) let go of our ego sometimes and just set the course up the way the best players can win,'' Mickelson said after a solid start of 2-under 69. When a reporter started a question by saying, ''You said you have to let go of your ego,'' Mickelson interrupted him. ''I wasn't referring to me,'' he said. Muirfield has been firm and fast since the weekend, with dry conditi...

Phil Mickelson's embarrassing three-putt

The conditions appear to be growing more and more treacherous with each passing minute over in Scotland at Muirfield during the second round of the British Open. Nerves are being tested, psyches are being compromised and putts are being missed. Lots and lots of putts. Phil Mickelson had an especially traumatizing experience on the [...]The post Yeesh: Three putts needed by Phil Mickelson...

Mickelson brings secret putting tips to British

The pain of yet another excruciating loss at the U.S. Open has faded, replaced now by the euphoria of his first win in Europe in 20 years. Phil Mickelson's summer has been a lot like his career, and the roller coaster shows no signs of slowing down. He's here with what he believes may be his best chance to win a British Open, though that's nothing new. Mickelson always...

Phil Mickelson intentionally hits shot backwards during practice round, lands near cup

Phil Mickelson was playing a practice round to get ready for The Open Championship that starts on Thursday and found himself in a tough lie.  Rather than try to bump and run it onto the green and watch the ball fly past the hole, the lefty decided to hit the ball facing backwards.  He scooped so far under the ball on his downswing, that it generated enough backspin for the ball...

Mickelson, others roast conditions

After shooting 2-under 69 in the first round of the Open Championship, Phil Mickelson voiced his displeasure on the setup of Muirfield. "I got really lucky because I think the R&A was really worried about the scores going too low and so they used some really funky pin placements," Mickelson told ESPN. "They used some funny spots and about a third of every green...

The British Open: 5 Burning Questions

Can Phil Mickelson win?Shockingly, given Mickelson's creativity and brilliant wedge play, the Open Championship is historically his weakest...

Column: 'Bring a lot of Kleenex for the tears'

(Eds: Clarifies Mickelson quote about course setup. AP photos.) By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist Bubba wasn't clubbing much and Dustin wasn't bustin' anything. The ''Belgian Bomber,'' meanwhile, was completely disarmed. If you love seeing professional golfers squeezed out of their comfort zone, come visit Muirfield, where warmer temperatures, gentler...

PGA Tour: Open Championship Preview

Claret Jug The oldest major in the game, The Open Championship, is set to commence early Thursday morning in Scotland at Muirfield. Similar to the last few majors, it looks to be up for grabs with no distinct favorite. The only difference between this year’s tournament and majority of the past outings, is that the weather looks to be a non-factor. The forecast at Muirfield is looking...

Column: Koepka: America's best young golfer?

There's a reason why Brooks Koepka is the best young American golfer you've never heard of. It has less to do with his game than his passport. The Florida native has collected four wins, but also 48 pages of government stamps and almost as many adventures in the last 10 months while playing in 11 different countries. His 2013 season-opening itinerary included India, South...

Rory McILroy putts into bunker, Schwartzel snaps 6-iron in half

Brian Floyd Rory McIlroy can catch a break this year.  He shot an 8-over par 79 during the first round of the Open Championship Thursday at Muirfield. The No. 2-ranked golfer in the world hasn’t won a tournament since November. “It’s strange, I mean, I wish I could stand up here and 

Pro Golfers Attempt Happy Gilmore's Swing (VIDEO)

What happens when pro golfers, including Phil Mickelson and Paul Lawrie, try to recreate Happy Gilmore's swing? See for yourself. 

Westwood wastes another major chance

While Phil Mickelson was hoisting the claret jug on the 18th green to roars and applause, Lee Westwood was about 40 yards away in the corner of a press tent, explaining how yet another major championship got away from him. ''I wanted to be there on the 18th green right now, that's pretty obvious,'' Westwood said, briefly turning his eyes to a nearby TV screen...

Scott suffers familiar Open finish

Adam Scott's collapse in the final round at the British Open wasn't nearly as spectacular as it was a year ago. The end result was still the same. For the second year in a row Scott held the lead on the back nine; for the second year in a row he left without his name on the claret jug. Even the green jacket he won in between at the Masters couldn't ease the sting of...

Players divided on major approach

To play or not to play, that is the question. Before a major championship, that is. Tiger Woods, of course, is dead set against it, even if on those occasions when he has played before a major, he has won. (In 2007, he captured the Bridgestone and PGA back to back.) Phil Mickelson, on the other hand, played poorly at this year's Masters and will tell you it's because he...

Tiger Woods Testing New Driver Ahead of British Open, May Not Even Use One During Tournament

A decade ago, Phil Mickelson called Tiger Woods‘ new Nike clubs “inferior,” and suggested that equipment was playing a factor in other golfers catching up to Woods. Given the success that Woods has had since — and the number of other golfers who have followed suit and signed on with Nike — no one’s criticizing Woods’ choice clubs anymore. But that doesn’t mean people...
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