Just Phil Being Phil - 2013 Open Champion at Muirfield

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Posted by Dexter Francois | Posted in , , , , | Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013

Phil Mickelson is in the winners circle for the second week in a row after a brilliant final round to win the 2013 Open Championship held at Murfield. As the rest of the field scratched their heads on how to play the extremely fast greens, Phil hit shots that defied the imagination.

Phil is one of those players who will always go for broke. If there is a chance he can reach a green when every other player would lay up, he's going to go for it. He may be the gutsiest player currently on the PGA Tour.

His maverick style of play has thrilled us all but it has also left us as fans shaking our heads as to why he would try to pull off some of the shots he attempts. But that is why we love Phil. This is why we go to the golf course and try to pull off the same shots. This is why golfers play the game. It may not always be the smartest way to play but it definitely makes a round more exciting.

Here's the thing about Phil. When we try to pull off the impossible shot, it is probably our first time trying that shot. Phil puts himself in situations during practice rounds that have him ready for the moment if it arises. Phil and caddy Jim "Bones" MacKay walk every inch of the course, throw down balls in awkward positions and lies, and then have at it. Some of these shots may never come up during a round but if it does, he prepared.

The following video clip gives us a glimpse into the mindset of Phil as he prepares for a round. I've seen him attempt (and pull off) this shot before, but the fact that he doing it during a practice round proves that he leaves no stone unturned. I've tried this shot and have been very unsuccessful every time. There's a reason why we say, "These guys are good."

Photo found here.


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Comments (15)

  1. July 26, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    great post Dexter. Phil is definitely one of the more exciting players to watch. In his early 40's and still at the top of his game. I look forward to watching him play every week.

  2. July 27, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    I walked with him during his practice round at The Waste Management Phoenix Open this year. It is amazing how precise and meticulous he and Bones are around the course. Practice rounds give you a good chance to see how they plan for the weekend and actually hear them talk about their game plan.

    The other good thing about that practice round was the that I got a chance to meet Dr. J. who was in the group. Two great guys.

  3. July 27, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Great blog by the way Dustin. I've added you to my blog list.

  4. July 27, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Thanks Dexter,
    Walking with Phil and Bones must of been amazing.

    We will be hosting the 2015 US Open in the Seattle area. http://www.chambersbaygolf.com

    Hope I get a chance to see or maybe meet Phil. Maybe he will finally win - and join Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen in the "Career Grand Slam Club". Chambers Bay is also a links style course, so with his new found love for links courses he should have a good chance.

  5. November 17, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Hello,

    Phil is quite the player! I remember sitting with my parents watching his performance at the Open Championship. As we all know, in previous years Phil has always struggled with the British courses, but it is quite amazing that he is the 2013 Champion of the Year! Hopefully one day he finally wins the US Open... Check out my blog on similar things:

    http://getsomegolf.blogspot.com

    Thanks,
    Erik Allbright

  6. November 22, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    Great post! Phil is an amazing player and hoping he could continue playing for longer. I'm sure this is really worth share among my colleagues. You’re amazing! Thanks!

  7. January 15, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    OMG!! I would never try that, didn't know that shot existed actually! But yeah I think we should practice shots that might come up or if we have some weaknesses like e.g. bunker play, then we should practice it more so when they time comes we are prepared.

  8. January 15, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    OMG!! I would never try that, didn't know that shot existed actually! But yeah I think we should practice shots that might come up or if we have some weaknesses like e.g. bunker play, then we should practice it more so when they time comes we are prepared.

  9. March 31, 2014 at 2:36 AM

    Thank you so much for such a great blog.
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  10. November 26, 2014 at 4:11 AM

    Adorable effort by the blogger Dexter.Phil wonderful player to watch. I am also a golf player but my skills is not so good that any one appreciates me. Appreciation is the most important thing to exhale something. I use internet to read different articles to to play better golf .

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  13. October 6, 2015 at 8:11 AM

    He is one of the best golfer from America and currently richest in the world