Augusta Grows, Mickelson in a Cloud, DeChambeau Withdraws, Carner Comes to Play

By | July 13, 2018

Augusta National to continue massive land grab with purchase of Publix shopping center, according to report | by Alex Myers for GolfDigest.com

On Thursday, the Augusta Chronicle reported WSQ, a limited liability corporation affiliated with the Masters venue, will add to the recent land grab thanks to an agreement to purchase the nearby Publix shopping center. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the sale of the 14-acre property is to go into effect by October.

It’s good to see that the Masters remains committed to constant improvement. An expanded and improved parking experience would be a natural possibility for this section of land but anything is possible. A shame that this news comes through just as I’ve received notification that my application for tickets was again a loser in the annual lottery draw. Here’s to hoping for a return to the Masters in 2020.


It’s a boom time for Phil Mickelson stories | by Ben Alberstadt for Golf WRX.com

“You have to be accountable for yourself,” said Mickelson. “I do a lot of dumb stuff. I had that rules deal at Greenbrier last week. And last year at Greenbrier I picked up my ball in the middle of the fairway, marked it and cleaned it. I have these like just moments where I’m in a ‘cloud.’ I’m not really sure what I’m doing. I’m just going through the motions and not really aware of the moment. I’ve done that a bunch in my career. I keep doing stuff like that. That’s the way my mind works.”

I admit to not having been the biggest Mickelson fan over the years. No particular reason. No event that turned me off. He’s almost always represented himself and the game with tremendous form. It wasn’t him. It was me. That said, things are starting to change. There are times to take golf seriously, but, at the end of the day, golf, and especially professional golf is meant to be an entertainment. This open, freewheeling, late-career Mickelson has been a much more entertaining character to watch. I can’t wait to see what happens next.


DeChambeau withdraws from John Deere in title defense | by Cameron Morfit for PGATour.com

Addressing a scrum of reporters with his shoulder tightly wrapped and packed in ice, he said he felt the first twinge of discomfort while hacking his ball out of the rough on the second hole. It seemed to feel okay for the most of the rest of the front nine, but flared up again on the back.

DeChambeau walked off the 16th hole after informing playing partners Davis Love III and Ryan Moore that he was too hurt to finish.

With DeChambeau feeling confident that he should be ready to go for The Open in less than a week it’s clear he doesn’t believe his injury to be very significant. It’s an awkward situation for him to be sure. On paper, of course, it makes sense to withdraw from the John Deere to give his shoulder the maximum amount of time to heal in time for the year’s third major. He was 3-over par, in pain, and well out of contention even if it was just Thursday. As defending champion of the John Deere though, the decision to stop must have been a difficult one to make and I’m sure he didn’t take it lightly given his post-round comments.

Similarly to how I feel about watching Mickelson, DeChambeau is becoming a “must follow” player. He’s been playing extremely well this season and I hope he’s able to perform well next week at Carnoustie. DeChambeau attracts attention and a level of controversy by being on a mission to push the conventions and rules of golf to their limits at all times. Is it really possible to out think the game of golf? Is science a key factor in improving your golf game? Given his results, so far, the answer is starting to appear to be yes. At least for him.


JoAnne Carner shoots her age, 79, at inaugural Women’s Senior Open | via ESPN News Services

The inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open at historic Chicago Golf Club began Thursday with a shot by the oldest player in the field, 79-year-old JoAnne Carner. Then the Hall of Famer went out and shot her age.

The idea of this event is tremendous. I enjoy any opportunity to see veteran players back in the limelight playing the game. Don’t be confused. The competitive spirit is there. This is no exhibition match. Carner herself proved that by heading to the range for more practice following her opening round.

I only wish, as part of the giant Fox Sports contract with the USGA, that more time had been dedicated to television coverage of the event. A few hours on Saturday and Sunday on their cable-only networks simply feels like a lost opportunity for all involved.