The big news this Friday evening is not who the leaders are at the two major golf events going into the weekend but the big names that missed the cut — Martin Kaymer and Phil Mickelson.
Martin Kaymer missed the cut at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Open. This is shocking because he is ranked #4 in the world and has won the Abu Dhabi HSBC three times in the last four years. Many of the “golf experts” predicted he would win. Boy, am I glad I did not select him as a fantasy golf pick.
The big shock for me was Phil Mickelson. I knew he was struggling and unfortunately had a sinking feeling when he shot a 77 on Thursday. In his post round interview, Mickelson called his round on Thursday “pathetic.” That’s what I like about “Lefty” — not shy about calling it like it is (good or bad).
One thing the pros always talk about is how important it is to be focused on the course. According to a San Diego Union-Tribune one of Mickelson’s daughters had a “health scare” last week. To his credit, in the interview I watched, he did not say anything about his daughter. He just said “Yesterday’s round was shocking to me just because my expectations were so high because I knew I was playing well.”
I will always be a big fan of Phil Mickelson and cheer for him. Hopefully he will find his game again because viewing weekend golf coverage just isn’t the same when “Lefty” is not playing.