Phil Mickelson Shares His Claret Jug
By mustang6560 on 7/29/13
We're not sure if it was a genuine surprise or well-orchestrated PR stunt, but Phil Mickelson visited Callaway Golf's headquarters in Carlsbad, California last week to show off his claret jug to the men and women of Team Phil.





"I know there's a lot of you," Mickelson said, according to Callaway's Twitter page. "But I want everyone to hold the jug."





Regardless of the motivation behind the visit, it's cool Phil stopped by AND let *his coworkers* hold the claret jug — even if it was just for a minute.


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Eman1120 says:
Regarding the "Surprise vs. well-orchestrated PR stunt" question - I work at Callaway and was lucky enough to be a part of Phil's visit and have some info. Phil reached out to Chip (our CEO) that morning, saying that he wanted to come in and thank everyone here. The only part that was "orchestrated" was that the Carlsbad Office received about an hour's notice before he came to the office so that we could get everyone to meet in a central location. We didn't know that he would have the jug, and his remarks and the passing of the jug were completely extemporaneous. It was amazing.
7/29/13
 
bkuehn1952 says:
Thanks Eman1120. Nice to know some cool things actually are unplanned.
7/29/13
 
mmontisano says:
this should quiet some of the "Phil is fake" talk that usually goes around after he wins a major.
7/30/13
 
mustang6560 says:
Eman1120: Did you get to hold the claret jug?
7/30/13
 
C-4 says:
AWWWW..well lets all have a hot dog and a slice of apple pie....easy on th sap Mr. America
7/30/13
 
mjaber says:
Are those Nike flip-flops?
7/30/13
 
mustang6560 says:
mjaber: You're an instigator! :)
7/30/13
 
Wes11point5 says:
C-4 why so mad? :)
7/30/13
 
Torleif Sorenson says:
Eman1120: Great story - thanks to you (and Phil) for making our day!
7/30/13
 
jrbizzle says:
I'll never understand the folks who think Phil is a "phony". The man is a millionaire who plays golf for a living, has a beautiful wife and three kids. Why on Earth would he need to "fake" happiness and spread it around to other people?

Some people will then say - well, clearly this was an orchestrated event, they brought cameras, PR, etc. Who cares? Do these people honestly think that make sit less sincere, or less enjoyable for the folks at Callaway who got to hold that trophy? News flash - being a nice person takes some thought. It's easy to just plow through life and not care about others. It takes planning, effort and execution to be nice. And his agents and his sponsors want to show others what a gracious person he is because it's mutually beneficial to all. But that doesn't make the gesture, or his intent any less meaningful.
7/30/13
 
falcon50driver says:
Badcaddy, Wes11point5, jrbizzle Thank you for "getting it". Being a nice person is not a crime.
7/30/13
 
jasonfish11 says:
I dont think c-4 is saying he doesn't like Phil because he is nice. I think it is his opinion that Phil is fake.

So the true question (if Phil really is fake*) is, is it better to fake nicesness or be truely indifferent?

*I have no knowledge or bias to if he is truely nice or if he fakes it, just using that basis as a hypothisis or else the question is pointless.
7/31/13
 
mjaber says:
@jasonfish... I'd say it's better to fake it. Eventually, if you fake it long enough, you'll start to actually feel it. Pro wrestling is a great example. Some of these guys have faked their wrestling personas so completely that they can't stop. The Ultimate Warrior, Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Brock Lesnar have all melded their real selves and their "wrestling personas" into one. Some are better than others at keeping them separate, but I think just about every one has at least a little of their "fake" charecter in their real life.

As for the camera/pr/press being there... really? You don't think Callaway has a PR department on site, and has news outlets constantly in and out of their HQ?
7/31/13
 
Eman1120 says:
Hey mustang6560 - to answer your question - alas, no I actually did not get to hold the jug.

The long story actually gets to @mjaber's point about camera/pr/press being present: Everyone here has a phone & is on fb/twitter so inevitably stuff will get out on web, so when someone notable comes to the building, we try to have our Social Media guy get pics to post from a more "official" perspective.His name is Chad, and that day he was on a plane so couldn't attend. So - me and another member of our marketing team camped out to take pictures and send to Chad (he had wifi on the plane.)Also, while Phil was talking I was sending Chad the quotes of what Phil was saying. In addition to Chad we have a guy who does the photography for all of our soft goods merch to post on our e-commerce website, so we have a skilled photographer with a kicka$$ camera in the building almost all the time and he got many shots that are in the fb album.

So, I was sending quotes/pics to Chad & missed it when the jug was near me.
7/31/13
 
mjaber says:
@Eman... so were they Nike flip-flops?
8/1/13
 
Eman1120 says:
@mjaber - I honestly didn't look at his flip-flops so I don't know. The only things I noticed about his appearance were a) I didn't see any brand names on shirt/shorts and b) he looks a lot more fit in person than on tv. (First time I've seen him in real life.)

I can't imagine that he would wear Nikes but I cannot confirm. If he shows up again (fingers crossed) in flip-flops (fingers crossed again) I'll be sure to take a look and report back.
8/1/13
 
Eman1120 says:
Re: Phil's flip-flops - found a picture with enough detail to disprove the guess about Nikes.
8/3/13
 
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