Around the wider world of golf: Karrie Webb won the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters on the ALPG/LET; Shiv Kapur won the Gujarat Kensville Challenge on the Asian Tour; and Stephen Gallacher won the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on the ET. Plus, if you're interested, the Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl (that's American Football's World Championship, in case you live in a part of the world where they only play soccer).
In case you think it's strange to mention the Super Bowl in a golf tournament summary, I should remind you that the Waste Management Phoenix Open is always played on Super Bowl Sunday and they set up the tournament so it finishes in time for the golf fans to get to a TV. It's part of their attempt to attract a good crowd despite being scheduled against another sports event.
I believe they said that, the last time Phil won this tournament AND the Super Bowl was held in New Orleans, the Ravens were in the Super Bowl and they won. It appears that it happened again!
Phil would have noticed because he's such a big sports fan. And like the Ravens, he led the tournament from start to finish. And also like the Ravens, he wasn't the favorite coming into the week after his poor finish at Torrey Pines last week. (I believe the 49ers were favored by 9 points or so, for those of you who are interested.)
But sports teams -- and Phil Mickelson -- have a tendency to defy expectations.
Phil flirted with records all week -- a 59, the 36-hole scoring record, and a 72-hole scoring record, to name a few. (Johnny Miller said that shooting 9-under on the par-3s may have been a record as well.) Phil even got through the week with just a single bogey and a single double. Has he ever done that before?
Was the sudden change of fortunes because of that emergency lesson he got from Butch Harmon? Or the time spent with Dave Stockton, working on his putting? Or was it that new Callaway driver he raved about all week? Does it matter, as long as he keeps it up for the majors?
Just imagine... Tiger, Rory, and Phil (among others) all in contention at the majors this year! Wouldn't that be something to see? The Ravens might enjoy it as well; a Phil win seems to be a good omen for them!
At any rate, this Limerick Summary salutes a surging Phil Mickelson who continues to leave us with the eternal question: What will Phil do next?
Phil played Torrey Pines without passion,The photo came from the PGATOUR.com tournament page.
Then found a new driver for mashin’
The ball. Thus inspired,
He went wire-to-wire
And gave pros at Scottsdale a bashin’.