[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.