Elling on Mickelson at U.S. Open: "Asinine"

[photopress:phil_1.jpg,full,alignleft]Given all the mud slinging (I’ve just finally cleaned my self off with a shower and a lesson from the remarkable Bruce McCarrol), I’d like to point out I’m not the only one that thought Phil “The Thrill” wasn’t thinking with his 3-wood maneuver. Noted CBS Sports columnist Steve Elling also had the same take:

Once again trying to out-think or out-plink everybody, Mickelson ditched his driver in the first two rounds and attempted to attack the longest course in Grand Slam history armed with no more firepower than a 3-wood in his bag.

In keeping with the verbal riffing on the mule theme, you’d have to call the experiment … asinine. Playing a brute of a course and facing a stellar field, he might as well have fired spitwads at the Navy battleships parked in San Diego Bay.

Of course I have no idea what kind of a player Steve Elling is, and if he’s not a scratch, I don’t see how he can comment on Mickelson at all. Oh, what’s that? Mickelson’s brilliant strategy led to a playoff with Tiger? Must have missed that one — just like Phil missed almost 60% of his fairways with his 3-metal, when the field average was 58%. Now that’s what I call a sound strategy.

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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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  • Wait a minute, who are you to comment on Steve Elling’s column? You are not a noted CBS Sports columnist.
    Of course Phil’s choice to change clubs before the Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills stands out as a unique Mensa moment.
    But I cannot comment, I have never played the Ryder Cup….
    But I have played Oakland Hills, does that count?

  • I don’t know if Phil’s strategy was the problem, or the execution. If you aren’t playing well, the wrenches don’t matter.

  • First of all is was NOT a 3 wood he had it bent to 11.5 degrees it was a 2 wood that he could hit 300 yards with roll.

    His swing just SUCKS right now he could not get it into the fairway with a 5 iron………At least he abandoned the thing on Saturday but his swing was still the same…….

  • All I know is that I can’t stand Mickelson and so, naturally, I LOVED the decision to leave driver at home. Keep it up, Phil!

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