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Inside Mickelson's new mindset

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10:31 AM ET 07.16 | Phil Mickelson won the Masters in 2010 and won in Houston earlier this year. Other than that, with a chance to take advantage of Tigers Woods' absence and become the top player in the world, he's been unable to seize the moment. There are reasons for that, of course. His wife, Amy, and mother, Mary, were both stricken with breast cancer at the same time. Golf is difficult when you're playing with a clear mind. When you have off-the-course issues, it's nearly impossible. Mickelson has said it's his responsibility to be able to separate the two, but . . . This is where his new mindset has taken hold, something that Harmon has been trying to help with. "We just tried to talk about why he has not done better in an Open championship," Harmon said. "He can control his ball flight. He has great imagination and creativity, and he just hasn't done as well as you would think he would do. "I told him, 'You have as good an imagination as anybody. Use it.' I really want him to just relax and play golf and just be Phil Mickelson. I think you're going to see him play well here this weekend. He's in good shape. He's right there."

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July 16, 2011  12:53 PM ET

Phil has all the tools to win THE OPEN except he CANT HIT FAIRWAYS and when you miss fairways over there you pay.Why is he so good at Augusta? No real penalties for missing fairways.Why hasnt he won the US OPEN,serious penalties for missing fairways.Does he really care about being world number one, probably not.

July 16, 2011  02:20 PM ET
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Phil has all the tools to win THE OPEN except he CANT HIT FAIRWAYS and when you miss fairways over there you pay.Why is he so good at Augusta? No real penalties for missing fairways.Why hasnt he won the US OPEN,serious penalties for missing fairways.Does he really care about being world number one, probably not.

Yup. And when he misses, he misses big. None of that rolling into the second cut for Phil. If he could get straight off the tee he'd probably win 4-5 per year.

July 17, 2011  01:56 PM ET

Phil made a good run at it. Unfortunately, this time it was his putter and not his driver that let him down. Great Sunday morning watching, though.

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July 18, 2011  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Phil made a good run at it. Unfortunately, this time it was his putter and not his driver that let him down. Great Sunday morning watching, though.

Hard to believe that after he sank those bombs on the front 9 and on 10, that short miss on 11 seemed to derail him completely.

July 18, 2011  11:08 AM ET

Well Phil almost proved me wrong and i would have been ok with that but seriously like Zinger said he will be remembered as one of the best players ever to miss so many short putts. He needs to keep the ball about 15 feet from the flag and he would be fine.As for Darren Clarke, the man has been to hell and back both in his personal life and on the golf course so i was glad to see him win.Wish i owned shares in Guiness though with all theses Irishmen winning majors.

July 19, 2011  01:02 PM ET

He can always be assured that he's the number 1 @-hole in golf, at least.

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July 19, 2011  04:05 PM ET
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Not sure why you feel that way, but it's pretty clear that Phil is respected and well liked by most if not all the PGA players. Now if you was talking about the juiced up, multi-ethnic **** with the nickname Tiger, I would agree with you 100%.

Nope...I think he is talking about fake grinning, loser w/****.

July 20, 2011  08:53 AM ET
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He can always be assured that he's the number 1 @-hole in golf, at least.

I'd like to see a link to some item that backs up your assertion. Phil is generally considered one of the nicest guys on the tour, and is one of the few players who interacts with fans during play. Other than your comment, I've never heard a bad thing said about the guy.

July 20, 2011  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#40):

I'd like to see a link to some item that backs up your assertion. Phil is generally considered one of the nicest guys on the tour, and is one of the few players who interacts with fans during play. Other than your comment, I've never heard a bad thing said about the guy.

Agree with you. I have never heard anything critical said about him. That comment was meaningless.

July 20, 2011  12:12 PM ET

Okay then...

http://www.gq.com/sports/profiles/200601/most-hates-athletes

July 20, 2011  03:59 PM ET
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Okay then...http://www.gq.com/sports/profiles/200601/most-hates-athletes

That is interesting.

July 20, 2011  04:00 PM ET

So, now that Tiger has fired his caddy, do you think a new thread will get posted? Lord knows Clarke winning The Open wasn't even thread worthy. FN really doesn't give a crap about Golf.

July 20, 2011  05:41 PM ET
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So, now that Tiger has fired his caddy, do you think a new thread will get posted? Lord knows Clarke winning The Open wasn't even thread worthy. FN really doesn't give a crap about Golf.

Should've fired him years ago.

As for your comment, we'll have no bigger golf news between the Open and the PGA Championship than Tiger firing that full-of-himself bully Williams for sure. Ladbrokes has 7-1 odds FN will do a story about it. Clarke lives in Northern Ireland and doesn't play on the PGA Tour and that makes him almost invisible to FN, Open champion or not.

July 20, 2011  06:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#40):

Other than your comment, I've never heard a bad thing said about the guy.

Well he turned me into a newt!......but I got better.

July 21, 2011  02:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#48):

Should've fired him years ago.As for your comment, we'll have no bigger golf news between the Open and the PGA Championship than Tiger firing that full-of-himself bully Williams for sure. Ladbrokes has 7-1 odds FN will do a story about it. Clarke lives in Northern Ireland and doesn't play on the PGA Tour and that makes him almost invisible to FN, Open champion or not.

Hope you placed that bet! ;-)

July 21, 2011  04:58 PM ET

Woods did Williams a favor. And, William's certainly needn't whine about all of this coming to an end--it was inevitable. He should also keep in mind that Woods made him a millionaire.

Not too many caddies can say that.

 
July 21, 2011  05:24 PM ET
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Woods did Williams a favor. And, William's certainly needn't whine about all of this coming to an end--it was inevitable. He should also keep in mind that Woods made him a millionaire.Not too many caddies can say that.

Exactly. And this headline (http://progolftalk.nbcsports.com/2011/07/21/williams-says-he-has-lost-res pect-for-woods-through-problems-firing/related/) makes him look like the jerk I always knew existed:

Williams says he has lost respect for Woods through problems, firing

Really Steve? Now that the hand doesn't feed you anymore you decide to bite it? Real classy.

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