The Golf Blog: Video Phil Mickelson goes OB, plus near house on 1st hole of Round 2 of PGA Championship, makes miracle triple bogey

mulligan, 30 July 2016, No comments
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The Golf Blog says: Phil Mickelson sliced and then hooked his tee shot on the first hole for what turned out to be a “good” triple bogey 7. It was reminiscent of Rory McIlroy losing the Masters after hitting his ball near a house on 10 at Augusta.

But 7 wasn’t the highest score for Phil at a major. 9 was, at the 13th hole at Torrey Pines at the 2008 U.S. Open.

The Golf Blog: Who will win the PGA Championship?

mulligan, 26 July 2016, No comments
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The Golf Blog says: Just 2 weeks after the Open Championship, we’re all set for the PGA Championship at Baltusrol. The short time frame is due to the Rio Olympics, which marks a return of golf back to the Olympics.

Just a reminder, we’ve had 3 first-time major wins this year: Danny Willett (Masters), Dustin Johnson (US Open), and Henrik Stenson (British Open). That suggests we’ll have another first time major winner at the PGA Championship, which historically has seen many first-time major winners.

The Golf Blog: Jack Nicklaus says Stenson-Mickelson duel at Troon better than Watson-Nicklaus duel at Turnberry

mulligan, 18 July 2016, No comments
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Jack Nicklaus’s full quote:

I was fortunate to watch every second of today’s final round of the Open Championship, and I thought it was fantastic. Phil Mickelson played one of the best rounds I have ever seen played in the Open and Henrik Stenson just played better—he played one of the greatest rounds I have ever seen. Phil certainly has nothing to be ashamed of because he played wonderfully. Henrik played well from beginning to end. He drove the ball well; his iron game was great; his short game was wonderful; and his putting was great. Henrik was simply terrific. To win your first major championship is something special in and of itself, but to do it in the fashion Henrik did it in, makes for something very special and incredibly memorable. I’m proud of and happy for Henrik. Some in the media have already tried to compare today’s final round to 1977 at Turnberry, with Tom Watson and me in what they called the “duel in the sun.” I thought we played great and had a wonderful match. On that day, Tom got me, 65-66. Our final round was really good, but theirs was even better. What a great match today.

The Golf Blog: Henrik Stenson shoots 63 to win British Open, outdueling Phil Mickelson

mulligan, 17 July 2016, No comments
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The Golf Blog says: After three-putt bogeying the first hole, 40-year-old Henrik Stenson went lights out, making 10 birdies en route to a 63. Stenson, who is known for his shotmaking, was so solid with his irons. But it was his putting, his usual weakness, that was simply amazing today. Stenson’s 51-foot birdie bomb on the 15th hole opened up a 2-shot lead and elevated Stenson to his first major. Stenson birdied the last hole to shoot 63 and seal the record for lowest number of strokes at a major.

Phil Mickelson played beautifully as well, shooting a 65. In fact, his score set the record for lowest score to finish second place at a major, and it was Phil’s lowest final round at a major in his career. Phil needed to shoot 62 just to force a playoff. Phil just ran into another golfer who was in the zone and would not be denied. Congrats, Henrik!

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