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NatPost Column: Time for Mickelson to Step Up

Today’s National Post column deals with Phil Mickelson and his opportunity to emerge from the shadow of Tiger while he’s out rehabbing his knee. Here’s a taste:

For a few weeks, the shadow has been lifted.

Maybe Phil Mickelson doesn’t feel that way, but with Tiger Woods on the mend following knee surgery, golf’s best left-hander has an opportunity to show he is not a distant second to the game’s best player.

“The game of golf always suffers when he’s not playing,” said Mickelson, who arrived in North Carolina late Tuesday for the Wachovia Championship, his first tournament since the Masters. “And I think we all benefit when he does.”

Mickelson has certainly benefitted, making nearly US$48-million playing second fiddle to Woods. But unless he makes some dramatic changes, he might never escape the perception of being the next best.

The full column is here.

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Robert Thompson

A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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