FRIDAY  | OCTOBER 12, 2018
by Ron Kroichick

Phil Mickelson still can make a golf ball do wondrous things around the green – flop shots landing softly, pitch shots crawling close, chips tracking toward the hole. He just can’t always keep the ball in play before then, a persistent issue growing only more troublesome at this stage of his career.

He also can’t fend off the realities of middle age, so don’t expect to see as much of Mickelson in 2019. And that’s perfectly acceptable. Maybe it’s time, even.

 



Who’s the true patriot: Mickelson or Nelson?
During the past five years, Phil Mickelson has had to make settlements with the Securities and Exchange Commission and Las Vegas, publicly has thrown Tom Watson under the bus, embarrassed the USGA during its showcase championship, criticized the European Ryder Cup captain for a course setup that wasn't to his liking and is partners in a made-for-pay-TV venture to stroke his ego and fill his pockets.

And the PGA of America has him on its very short list to captain the Ryder Cup in the near future.

 


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Number of Englishmen atop the leaderboard after the first round of the Sky Sports British Masters on Thursday. Tommy Fleetwood, Eddie Pepperell and Matt Wallace shot 5-under 67s at Walton Heath Golf Club in Walton-on-the-Hill, England. Among the trio, they have won five times this season on the European Tour, with Wallace owning three victories (scores).

 


Closed: To the public, the pay-per-view match between Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods on Nov. 23 at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper. Only a select number of “sponsors and VIPs” will be allowed on the course, which is owned by MGM Resorts International, according to the report. The pay-per-view price has not been disclosed.

 




CALENDAR
October 11-14
European Tour: Sky Sports British Masters

Walton Heath GC, Walton-on-the-Hill, England

PGA Tour: CIMB Classic

TPC Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

LPGA: LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship

Sky 72 GC (Ocean), Incheon, South Korea

October 12-14
Champions: SAS Championship

Prestonwood CC, Cary, N.C.


      
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