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Phil's body clock ticking?

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09:21 AM ET 02.04 | Phil Mickelson's body clock is ticking. Lefty turns 42 in June and remains one of the most talented golfers in the world. He has 39 victories in his brilliant career, including four major championships. His streak of victories in eight consecutive seasons heading into this year is the longest active on the PGA Tour, but he has only two titles in his last 43 starts on the circuit dating to 2010. Of course, Lefty also has had to deal in recent years with psoriatic arthritis, and although he claims it's being handled by medication, he faded several times late in tournaments he had a chance to win last season.

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February 4, 2012  10:58 AM ET

It happens Phil, no shame there. I imagine there will be victory or two left for Lefty, but he's at that stage in life. Too much up & coming talent out there right now.

February 4, 2012  11:01 AM ET

Guys fade late in tournaments every week, does that mean they all have arthritis? Spurious causation. He just couldn't overcome his addiction to bombing it off the tee. Always good distance, seldom good line.

February 4, 2012  12:56 PM ET

Arthritis, wife's illness, other family issues -- I would say he's entitled to an occasional lack of focus. Doesn't explain some of those drives during Friday's round, but still.... Isn't the "author" of this post the same one who posted a while back about how we should all just ignore Drick's "indescretions" and let him get on with his career?? Being a sanctimonious jerk is OK by this guy's standards, but health issues are cause for criticism?? Hmmm.....

February 5, 2012  12:31 PM ET

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February 6, 2012  08:58 AM ET

Congrats to Kyle Stanley. What an incredible comeback, after a devastating loss last week, for his first PGA win.

February 6, 2012  08:58 AM ET

Congrats to Kyle Stanley. What an incredible comeback, after a devastating loss last week, for his first PGA win.

February 6, 2012  08:53 PM ET

I agree. Stanley is someone to be admired. With Phil, it isn't tough to pinpont his trouble. It's the same trouble Showboat has. They need to start using the R11 or something other than what they are using. Woods is in more of a bind, no pun intended. With his ACL now being artificial I would imagine that it's like trying to drive the ball while standing on pair of water skis.

I'm going to take a wild guess and suggest that it's the young guys that are going to take over the spot light now and it's about time. So long Veejay, Goosen and all the over forty bunch. It was nice knowing you.

February 7, 2012  09:56 AM ET

golf is beginning to lose some of its huge names to youth.... happens in all sports. but who is the next phil or tiger? rory? can't name many more. certainly not like boxing, but there was a time when boxing was still a huge draw. it lost its big names and another sport essentially replaced it. this will never happen to golf, but it has lost some of its luster.... and viewers.

February 7, 2012  03:17 PM ET
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golf is beginning to lose some of its huge names to youth.... happens in all sports. but who is the next phil or tiger? rory? can't name many more. certainly not like boxing, but there was a time when boxing was still a huge draw. it lost its big names and another sport essentially replaced it. this will never happen to golf, but it has lost some of its luster.... and viewers.

There's some truth to what you say but I like the crop of young players. Rory, Ricky Fowler, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Paul Kim, Hunter Mahan to name a few. They're fun to watch but I suspect the current generation doesn't put in as much practice time as the Nicklaus', Watsons, Trevinos, Players etc. of yesteryear. I remember hearing something about Player practicing bunker shots until he had holed 100 or something like that. I don't see that dedication in today's players. Too easy to make a good living just by being on the tour.

February 7, 2012  08:27 PM ET

Age gets them every time. Look at Veejay. He practices more than anyone but, he's getting old. It can't be helped. I'm not sure about the loss of luster. I still get geeked up about the majors, especially the Masters. I think everyone else does too. The early spell in Texas is a yawner for me but, I haven't been less enthusiastic about watching the pros. In just two years Love will be on the old people's tour. I remember when he first came on tour. That means I'm a fossil. Lord.
And, we can be excited about our own games, the new clubs are light years better than the ones made ten years ago.

February 8, 2012  10:16 AM ET

Too true. I'm thinking about the TaylorMade SuperFast drivers (1.0 or 2.0). Anybody have any experience? I'll get down to Golfsmith one of these days and try it out but just interested to see if anybody has one and what they think.

February 8, 2012  10:40 AM ET
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I don't see that dedication in today's players. Too easy to make a good living just by being on the tour.

Blame it on twitter.

February 8, 2012  08:49 PM ET

Even mediocre touring pros have always been able to make a living at the game. Look at Bobby Watkins. Never won on the regular tour yet he's still doing better than many CEO's. And, I don't mean to slight Bobby. He's a good guy. I'm glad he finally won on the senior tour.

I've got arthritis in my neck. If the PT people can't put me back together by May, I may be regulated to miniature golf. Brace yourselves guys, once you hit sixty, the ol' bod starts it's slide into home plate.

February 8, 2012  09:21 PM ET

Hey Jon...there is hope.

"Belly and long putters have become much more popular in the pro ranks, and Keegan Bradley became the first major winner to use one at last year???s PGA Championship. But golf's governing bodies, the USGA and R&A, said last week that they were taking a "fresh look" on implementing an anti-anchoring rule. That was potentially bad news for the growing number of players who owe much of their success to belly or long putters."

Tiger's even gotten on the bandwagon against them...

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February 9, 2012  11:48 AM ET
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Hmmm...they have internet in Leonard, ND now? When did this happen?

February 9, 2012  01:28 PM ET
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Hey Jon...there is hope."Belly and long putters have become much more popular in the pro ranks, and Keegan Bradley became the first major winner to use one at last year???s PGA Championship. But golf's governing bodies, the USGA and R&A, said last week that they were taking a "fresh look" on implementing an anti-anchoring rule. That was potentially bad news for the growing number of players who owe much of their success to belly or long putters."Tiger's even gotten on the bandwagon against them...

Geez, I guess I'd better get one before they become illegal!

 
February 9, 2012  02:22 PM ET

Congratulations Alan Shipnuck!!!!

The very first SI writer to display his man love for Woods as he shows up for the P. Beach Pro/Am.

You have to hand it to the SI writers. The only ones left still drooling relentlessly about showboat.

Move over Michael Bamberger, Gary Van Sickle and Cameron Morfitt, we've got another limp-wristed writer to add to the bunch. I bet you've all got little bobble-headed fingurines of Woods on your desks.

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