Mickelson Can Win "Maybe Two" U.S. Opens
By Torleif Sorenson on 5/28/14
Phil Mickelson's golf game has gotten better with time. And even despite a record six second-place finishes at the U.S. Open, Mickelson is supremely confident that he can bag an Open — perhaps even two of them:
"The next five years are going to be the best of my career.

"...I'm going to win a bunch of tournaments. I'm going to win at least one U.S. Open, maybe two. And I'm going to make the 2016 Olympic team. And really, I'd love to make the 2020 Olympic team. I'd be 50. How cool would that be?"
In between his humorous descriptions of Mickelson's tremendously charmed life, one of the other subjects was Mickelson's health:
"No, I feel great. I can't remember the last time I felt this good. It doesn't even feel like I've got the arthritis. And because of my diet, I've reduced my meds to one-third of what I had at first. I've lost 20-plus pounds.

"My body isn't beat up like a lot of guys. My swing isn't like Tiger's, or Jason Day's, Dustin Johnson's, even Hunter Mahan's. I don't have a really fast golf swing that has a lot of viciousness, a lot of fierceness, where the torque and power that's released is hard on the knees, the back. My swing is big and long and has a wide, wide arc. That doesn't put any pressure on my body... I'm like a kicker in the NFL. I'm not beat up. I can keep playing at a high level for a long time."
The entire column / interview is worth a look.

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falcon50driver says:
Beef and slmpkis ? You know you're being baited.
mjaber says:
It's a good thing he said kicker, and not punter.
slimpks1850 says:
When he said "maybe two" was he confused & talking about placing second again?
legitimatebeef says:
I read the stupid thing and the most heinous part was the graphic description of Reilly and Mickelson taking turns putting their lips on the Claret Jug. HE AND RICK REILLY WERE LITERALLY SUCKING ON THE TROPHY. Where is the outrage.
legitimatebeef says:
Rick Reilly is a loathsome swine. The worst kind of caricature of a scumbag good-for-nothing sports "writer".
slimpks1850 says:
uhhh durrr - I lost 20-plus lbs... you're still a pudgy goober. Choke on a wedge!



DougE says:
Such hate. Wow. Sorry to hear you guys feel that way, but o each his own.
DougE says:
to each his own.
slimpks1850 says:
Fun(ny) trumps all -or most-... I enjoy rooting for but against as well. It's born out of competitiveness & reality through the sports I grew up on. It's like in golf you're "not rooting against anyone" but you want "player x" to win. Well, guess what - there's only 1 winner.

Doug, I was going to respond to you in the -Win What Phil Wins- story but never got around to it.

It's like this: I had just played (horribly) on Monday. I'm playing with a friend I've known for almost 30 years. This is the first time we've been on the course together this season. I pop open my mouth on the first tee: "I've avoided alot of the bigger scores this year. Really staying away from triples, quads, & worse". 1st & 3rd hole - quad bogie. WTF! I'm trying to turn it around & go bogie, par, par to finish off the front 9. Then I hit a bomb drive around a tree, stick middle green, but blow the uphill sloping birdie putt past and say... uhh, I left a bit on this one.
slimpks1850 says:
My buddie knows I wanna keep it going & WANT this putt. Right before I go to putt he says (with a shit eatin' grin): Phil would ram this one in.

Now I'm laughin' shaking my head & feel the "pressure" even more. If I miss I'll definitely hear more about it...

That's all. That's Phil/sports blah blah blah. "such hate" No.

2 last things.
-This is clearly Falcon's fault
(That was my last par of the day [10th hole, ouch]
joe jones says:
Just Phil pulling everyones chain again. If he does it he comes out a hero. If he doesn't he just says well I tried. I think he just enjoys tweaking the noses of the media. Great stuff.
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