The playoff victory that Thomas received is definitely a resume booster as he already has three Tour titles to his credit along with a major, a 63, a 59 among other great scores and achievements.
His contenders for the Player of the Year position are close to him, however; for instance, Spieth had a great run at the Grand Slam of the year 2015. Thomas has had wins five times that makes him the only fourth player to have this achievement since 1960. It definitely puts him in a similar league to others like Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus.
Spieth was able to get the FedEx Cup in 2015 and that made it memorable for him. Thomas currently holds the number two position in the ranks. For those who are gearing in maximizing their points as the playoff events come to a close, they need to play in a similar way as Justin did. He worked towards a clinic in every facet and tried to finish top 11 in terms of strokes. He approached the green and the putting and went around it as well. Of course, there would be missing but that is the kind of play and moves that players need to work towards.
The playoffs definitely bring out the best in the stars as has been made evident by Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Patrick Reed, Jason Day and others.
Spieth gained a runner up finish in the TPC Boston tournament; he had a lead of five shots over Dustin Johnson that he was unable to make use of. He admitted that he was able to finish off the way he planned, though there was room for improvement.
Marc Leishman was another contender who suffered two miscues that were costly to him. Besides the playoffs, there is the upcoming list for the Presidents Cup that the players are working towards as well.
Like always this time too, Lee Westwood finished the Open de France championship in style.
In the final round of the event, he made a stunning hole-out eagle at Le Golf National.
Westwood carded a one-under 70 to finish inside the top-10, having one shot standing out at the display from his up-and-down.
In-order to surge up the leader board, the Englishman posted gains back-to-back from the 10th and birdied second. He did this after finding the rough on the left of the fairway from the tee. The approach of Westwood was correct and it found the greens and took short hops for a couple of times, as it raced for an eagle-two.
The shots made by Westwood, closed the gap on the board between the expecting winner Tommy Fleetwood, but then Westwood had some bad shots, the closing stretch with three bogeys tumbled the position of Westwood he finished seven strokes back.
When Westwood was asked about his performance, he said, ”I got the nice start, the ball landed at the place, where I wanted it to land. The first two shots went extremely well. But, then two bogeys spoiled everything”.
Obviously it was not an intentional hit, but it went like that, nevertheless, this is what the golf is. I am happy that I finished in top ten”.
On the other hand, Fleetwood said, “The shots of Westwood, were really spectacular and it was a great hit. In sports, there is nothing predicted, one cannot predict what will happen when. Like the good shot of Westwood were beyond imagination, the bad shots were too unexpected. It can happen to anyone and this is not just with the golf, this of type of thing happens in any sport. This is the spirit of sport and the sportsman”.
Masters Sunday would not be the same if Lee Westwood does not have his name on the leader board.
He was runner up last year and this year he has ensured that he remains in the equation with some brilliant moves he has taken up.
He has a brilliant career up to date. Being 43 years of age, he has been one of the top three players for about three times in a span of seven years. He was only out of the top 12 for a single occasion. Westwood would tell anyone who interviews him that his pre major odds in the game are too high and that is what he proved in the last weekend game. He states that his performance was what he targeted it to be and that he needed to get into the red.
He feels that he played the short game very well and that he holed in a few putts that he feels was played nicely by him. It was a day that went well for other England players as well, such as Justin Rose, who also took up part of the lead.
Lee Westwood is known to have a slow love affair with the Masters. He remembers 1999 when he had the lead in Augusta National, right next to Tiger Woods. He was encouraged to take it away from Tiger Woods but Westwood was unable to seize the moment as he was struck with panic. As a result, he was unable to score four shots required around Amen Corner as well as share of the sixth was also lost on him. He claimed second position at Masters 2016. There were certain opportunities that he missed like Jordan Spieth who collapsed and gave him an opportunity as well which he was unable to take up.
Rory Mcllroy has pulled out of the Dubai Desert Classic billed for next week as he takes time off to recover from a rib injury.
After the event in South Africa, the World number two had to withdraw from the desert affair as a scan showed a stress fracture.
The 27-year old Northern Irishman continues to rehabilitate after he withdrew from the Abu Dhabi Championship. The European Tour made the announcement from the event where he picked up his first pro title eight years ago.
Mclloy drew notice to the back pain when he played a play-off against Graeme Storm. He lost the game in SA but continued in Jo’burg with his back taped up. The player would not be happy as it casts further setbacks to his plans for April. Mclloy is hoping to do a career Grand Slam at the Masters in April having won four major already. He took inflammatory tablets to finish the games in Africa but was not able to continue at the planned European Tour event.
Many have attributed the cause of the injury to hours he spent testing new equipment during the end of the year. His strenuous gym routine could have contributed as well. He has always been a quick healer but it is advisable that he takes no risk this time with his recovery.
The Masters has eluded him for a while so it is evidently his biggest dream. The feat would make him the sixth golfer to do a career grand slam.
The injury could affect plans for Los Angeles and Florida and even dent his chances at the Masters. Also, the pressure when he returns might not do him good. However it is something he cannot rush.
Danny Willett, who is the Masters champion, is outside the top ten ranks for the World golf players.
He admits that this has happened at the end of season games he played were not the best performances he has put in. Also, the timing of these games was partly responsible for him being in poor form. Being 29 years of age, Willett has been in the top ten rankings since last April. He even won the green jacket of the Augusta National Association. Willet was, however, frustrated when last Sunday he finished in the 68th position. It was the Turkish Airlines Open event that was held in Belek.
He had even joked about the challenges of the game on Twitter to his fans. When he went to participate in the Race to Dubai he had been in the second position. He was needed to finish fifth or even higher if he wanted to recover the first position in the rankings.
This has been his position since the last Major Championship that he won. He was annoyed when he posted last round at the 75th position in Turkey. He then decided to withdraw from appearing at the Nedbank Challenge that is scheduled to be held in Sun City of South Africa. He is also skeptical of playing in the European Tour Final Series.
He stated that his poor form was frustrating him and as things were not working out his way he was not feeling ready to take on new challenges. He finished in the second position in September at the Italian Open. He missed out the cut required to make it to Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. As a consequence, he lost his number one ranking to Henrik Stenson. Willet needs to increase his scores in Shanghai in order to have a chance to win at the Masters.
There is no doubt that Phil Michelson will be remembered as one of the best golfers of the modern era.
In his latest outing, he came very close to becoming the first player in the history of major championship to shoot 62. This happened at Royal Troon and he made a record-tying score of 8-under 63 after the first round.
All the success that he earned at the Royal Troon is partly due to the clubs that he used to play. He used the Callaway X Forged ’13 irons to play at Royal Troon. This was the same irons that he used when he clinched the 2013 Open Championship. He also used the same Odyssey Versa#9 putter that he used in 2013 at the Royal Troon. It looks like he should carry these clubs in his bag for every tournament and use them. This could do wonders for his game.
Mickelson was at his best golfing form and hot 89 percent of his greens in regulations. He was also able to convert eight of the birdies that came his way. Phil said that he felt it very easy on the day and had a great feeling running inside him. He did not have to strain much as everything on that day came easy to him. This shows that with a good frame of mind and good feeling of the course, one can easily play like a true champion.
The other clubs that are inside the Mickelson’s golf kit bag includes: Callaway XR 16 Pro 3-wood, 8.5 degrees Callaway XR 16 Sub Zero driver, Callaway Chrome softball and the Callaway Mac Daddy PM Grind wedges. This leftie golfer has so far won over 40 PGA tour events and is the player to have played on most of the US Ryder Cup teams so far.
Last year, Phil Mickelson made a superb run at Masters, and he has a whole lot of assurance as the 1st major of the professional golf season starts on Thursday.
After ending in a tie for the 2nd spot previous year at Augusta, Phil has ended in the top 5 in 3 of his 7 starts this season.
Speaking to the reporters, he told that he is very excited to play. He is relishing playing. He is loving playing right now. He is playing very well.
Phil has got hold of that green jacket that is given to the Masters champ 3 times (2004, 2006 as well as 2010). Overall, he has 5 major championships, including PGA Championship in 2005 and the British Open in 2013.
At present, he leads the PGA Tour with a scoring average of 69.008, and he offers a whole lot of the credit to Andrew Getson, his all new swing coach. Phil said that he is driving the ball better that he has ever before. Phil told that he is driving the ball better than he has in a very long time and is more than happy with his iron shots.
He told that the game is starting to be very instinctive. He believes that this is probably the best way to say that, where he does not have to think about the technique or the mechanics of anything. He just kind of look and react.
Phil Mickelson has reportedly confirmed that he would be contending at Scottish Open. The 2015 Scottish Open would mark the 6th consecutive contention at the esteemed tournament for the star golfer.
The American golf star would be playing at East Lothian golf course from 9th to 12th July & it would be his preparation grand for the upcoming Open Championship to be hosted in St. Andrews.
The esteemed tournament would be hosted at the famous Gullane Golf Club this year.
Phil lifted Claret Jug in 2013 at Murifield a week post winning Scottish Open that was hosted in Castle Stuart. He was a joint runner-up with Justin Rose this year at Masters while Jordan Spieth was the winner.
The golf champ is hopeful that his recent charged-up form that was witnessed at Augusta National would continue till summer & till Gullane where rose would be determined to defend his last year’s Scottish Open win – prior to heading to Scottish East Coast to play at the Open Championship.
“I am really glad to come back to play at Scottish Open this time as well”, stated Phil who is a 5-time Major champ. I am eager to play well at Gullane. I have heard so much regarding this famous course & saw it whilst practicing in Murifield prior to Open 2 years back. I am all charged to play there.”
“The victory at Scottish Open event was a grand breakthrough for me that aided me next week in Open Championship. I have several wonderful memories of swinging at Scottish Open over the past decade and hence I am sure that I would have some more come July.”
Mickelson is focused on taking Scottish Open championship title from Rose this time, who had been his fellow runner-up recently at Augusta.
Phil Mickelson has got some mojo for the Masters. Before first major of the season that is set to start from next week, however, Phil is focusing on staying in competition in Humble, Texas. He shot a 6 under sixty-six in his first round of Shell Houston Open earlier on Thursday. The five-time major winner is just 3 shots behind early topper Scott Piercy. Phil’s round might be a good omen for Masters.
Mickelson told that it was a great round – very good start for the tournament. The scores are going to be quite low, and people have seen a great bit of low scores because the greens are soft and rolling true. Good 1st round for him. He is looking forward to 3 more.
The World Golf Hall of Fame member, who counts 3 Masters among his forty two titles on PGA Tour, has not won since snatching his 5th major at the British Open in 2013. In thirty five events, he has ended inside the top ten just twice.
In 6 2015 beginnings, he has missed 2 cuts as well as counts a T17 as his great finish. He has fallen to No. twenty one in the world golf rankings. Earlier on Thursday, Phil’s day began on number ten at the Golf Club Houston and it began on a great note.
After letting the green go off his hands on the par he had the flag pulled and chipped in for birdie. Phil told that he got off to a great beginning, birdieing three of the first 4 holes and kept it going.
Veteran American golfer Phil Mickelson has announced that he will be skipping two of his favourite events on the West Coast in order to spend more time with his family.
The 42 year old announced on his personal website that he will be opting out of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, scheduled for the second week of February for the first time in 21 years. He will also sit out of the Northern Trust Open the following week. Mickelson has a win and two runners-up slots at the event in the past eight years.
Writing on his website, Mickelson said that these are two of his favourite events, two of his favourite courses. But he mentioned that with his two kids in different schools with different spring breaks, he will be taking that time off. Phil Mickelson added that the tournament organisers have accommodated his schedule for long enough over the years and it is time that he accommodated their schedule.
Mickelson has skipped the World Golf Championship Match Play because it conflicted with his kids’ schedule over the past five seasons but it has now been moved to early May. He has played on the event at Pebble Beach every year since 1995 and he is a four time winner there as well, the most recent win coming in 2012.
Phil Mickelson plans to play three consecutive weeks to open the charge for the new season. He will be making his debut for 2015 with the Humana Challenge, followed by the Phoenix Open and the Farmers Insurance Open.
He said that he absolutely loves the format as it gives him a full week away from the game, a full week to prepare for the upcoming events and playing three weeks in a row means he will get into an early rhythm as well.