Phil Mickelson

Ryder Cup Fallout: In Defense of Phil Mickelson

Lefty Shouldn't Be Chastised for Speaking his Mind

You've no doubt read the headlines this morning after another disappointing U.S. Ryder Cup loss:

"Mickelson Unloads on Watson"

"Phil Mickelson, Tom Watson Feud"

"Phil Mickelson Was Wrong to Rip Tom Watson"

 

How about this: "Phil Asked a Probing Question, Gives Honest Answer"? Because that's what happened.

 

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5 Key Stats from the Memorial

Hideki Matsuyama Survives Late Collapse to Win in Playoff

It was an eventful finish for Hideki Matsuyama at Jack Nicklaus' Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club. First, the 22-year-old Japanese phenom went double bogey-bogey at 16-17 to lose his lead to Kevin Na, who had finished off a 64 a couple hours earlier. Then he snapped the head off his driver on the 18th tee with a seemingly gentle club slam.

Top 30 Golfers for the 2014 Majors: No. 2 Phil Mickelson

Athlon Counts Down the 30 Golfers to Watch for Majors Season

They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2014 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. We've been unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the ’s Brandel Chamblee.

The 7 Greatest Shots in Masters History

7 Epic Moments from Golf's Greatest Tournament
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We don’t have footage of Gene Sarazen’s famous double eagle from 1935, but on Masters Sunday 2012, we saw something just as good and just as rare — Louis Oosthuizen's double eagle, the first at the par-5 second hole in Masters history. Later, Bubba Watson joined our countdown with his stunning recovery shot from the pine straw in the playoff. Here are our choices for the seven greatest shots in Masters history.

10 Greatest Masters Champions of All Time

Jack, Arnie, Tiger and Phil Top the List of Augusta Aces
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The Masters is the world's greatest golf tournament, so it's not surprising that it has produced an elite list of champions. We've identified the 10 greatest, who collectively possess 32 Green Jackets and have provided countless classic moments.

A Conversation with Golf Great Arnold Palmer

Athlon Sits Down With Golf's Elder Statesman

There have been better players with prettier swings. But there has never been a more important golfer than The King, Arnold Palmer. He almost single-handedly quadrupled purses, grew the game beyond the country clubs and brought it into our living rooms, and assembled an Army of devoted followers. He won — and lost — with more flair than any other athlete.

Athlon's 2014 Golf Annual Available Now

Dustin Johnson, Arnold Palmer, Tiger and Phil Highlight This Year's Issue

Athlon's 2014 Golf Annual is available now — .

From professional golf's winningest 20-something to the game's pre-eminent elder statesman, this year's edition of Athlon Sports Golf Annual has it all.

5 Key Stats from the Weekend in Golf

Bubba, Tiger Fall Short

In deserts thousands of miles apart, two golfers seeking to recapture past glory found more heartache. At the Waste Management Phoenix Open, 2012 Masters champ Bubba Watson, largely missing from leaderboards since donning the green jacket, saw a par putt slip past the hole on 18 to lose by a shot to Kevin Stadler. And in Dubai, Tiger Woods continued his stumbling start to 2014 by finishing T41 in the European Tour's Dubai Desert Classic for the worst two-tournament performance to start a season in his career.

Mickelson's Mini-Meltdown Costs Him in Abu Dhabi

Phil Being Phil Is the Most Entertaining Show in Golf

Phil Mickelson played three largely brilliant rounds of golf to finish second at the European Tour's Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, one shot behind winner Pablo Larrazabal, leaving Lefty with plenty of positives heading into his PGA Tour season. But one hole was vintage Phil, and not in a good way. On 13 at Abu Dhabi National, Mickelson hit his drive into the brush, then incurred a penalty with a double-hit attempting to get the ball back into play with a right-handed punch, leading to a triple-bogey 7.

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