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Mickelson mum on Woods' travails

Posted on: January 27, 2010 2:08 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2010 2:42 pm

SAN DIEGO -- Silent for two-plus months on perhaps the most head-turning topic in sports, Phil Mickelson launched a preventive strike Wednesday and backed away from the issue as though it were a coiled rattlesnake.

The world No. 2, making his 2010 debut this week at the newly titled Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, said before he began fielding media questions that he had nothing to offer on Tiger Woods' increasingly delicate personal situation.

Mickelson, a three-time winner at Torrey, said Wednesday that Woods and wife Elin are friends and he doesn't care to bruise that personal connection. He hadn't offered any public comment on the Woods issue since the affair began the day after Thanksgiving and wasn't about to offer any opinions now.

In an attempt to head off any questioning regarding Woods, Mickelson broached the issue without prompting at his pre-tournament press session and attempted to spray a fire extinguisher on it before the first match was struck.

"The game of golf needs him to come back," Mickelson said. "It's important for him to come back and be a part of the sport, but right now he's got a lot more important things going on in his life. Amy and I are good friends with both Tiger and Elin, and we care deeply about how this turns out. But I'm going to choose not to talk about it publicly anymore, and I appreciate your understanding on that."

There's an old axiom that seems to apply here: Don't poke the bear.

He also declined to specify whether he had made any contact with Woods.

"We've had limited communication with the Woodses, and again, I just feel like discussing any of that is just not appropriate," he said.

As for which Woods they contacted, draw your own conclusions. It sounds like it was with Mrs. Woods.

"With the family," he said of their outreach. "[I'm] not necessarily saying with who in the family."

Mickelson has probably endured more wild and unsubstantiated rumors on the personal front than any prominent player in the past two decades, to the point that his wife makes jokes about it. He elected not to provide any more fuel to the Woods embroglio.

"I don't want to talk about it publicly for the reason that we're friends and we have a personal relationship, and I feel like it's a violation of our trust and our relationship," he said.

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Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2010 2:40 pm

Mickelson mum on Woods' travails

... and the print and speak media as well as everyone else not named Elin or Tiger ... should do the same.

Since: Apr 26, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2010 10:34 pm

Mickelson mum on Woods' travails

I do not think the game of golf needs him it did well before him(tiger) and it will do fine with out him................but t.v. ratings will suffer with out him

Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2010 9:00 pm

Mickelson mum on Woods' travails

I am sure Phil does want him back for two reasons; money and legacy. The tour will eventually struggle finacially without Tiger. Phil's legacy would not be complete without wins while Tigers is in the field. I find Phil upfront and sincere, but calling him a friend may be somewhat suspect. Ever since Tiger let Fuzzy Zoeller fry over a dumb, half hammered comment, the older tour vets probably were not to fond of him. For those of you who think he made a mistake, remember this wasn't a one night stand, it was a three year stand. The guy is scum and secretly ninety percent of the tour feels the same way, including Phil.

Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2010 5:24 pm

Mickelson mum on Woods' travails

Phil is an amazing role model and there are so many young golfers just starting,  I am so over Tiger- he should never return to the game. He is not someone to be looked up too.

Since: Oct 7, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2010 1:32 am

Mickelson mum on Woods' travails

dude, what are you smoking? tiger is by far the best golfer on the planet and will break  jack's record for majors!! yeah his sponsors are dumping him but he don't need them. the guy made a mistake and he is paying for it. golf needs tiger also!! he cheated on his wife, he didn't kill anybody. this is somthing that goes on in society everyday. i don't agree with what tiger did, but the media and every other person needs to back off and give the man his space and privacy he deserves. when tiger returns he will be more of a man and more focused then he ever has befor. i feel sorry for every one else on tour cause he is gonna put a hurting on all the competition. watch and see, all the sponsors will be back knocking on his door!!! he is the best and all the major sponsors will want him again!!

Since: Aug 8, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2010 10:51 pm

We Should All Be Mum on Tiger's Sexual Adventures

Phil is right, let Tiger be and stop talking about all the women he has bedded again and again all over the country. Cocktail waitresses and models who he told he felt closer to than anyone else. Stop bringing up the recorded phone messages that have been all over the news where Tiger is asking one of his hot sexy bedmates to change her phone message because his wife was onto him having wild crazy sex. Don't talk about all the different women who have come forward saying that they have had wild nasty sex with Tiger, over and over again for hours at a time, sometimes right after he has finished with another of the untold number of young willing women, ready to tear their clothes off and offer themselve to his every perverted whim. Don't bring up the car wreck with his wife chasing him with a golf club aiming to crack his skull open because he's been having nasty wild sex with all kinds of bimbos, bouncing from bed to bed and ignoring his incredibly hot wife to have wild crazy sexual adventures with all kinds of women as if there were a shortage of men. Just stop thinking of Tiger sleeping with 10, 20, 30 or more different women, all willing to do any nasty thing he would want. Stop fantisizing about the kinky, wild, dirty things only a billionaire can get away with doing to so many hot, young willing wanting women who throw themselves at him. Just stop that!...Tiger, hot wild sex!

Since: Oct 26, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2010 10:03 pm

Mickelson mum on Woods' travails

Bobthe fa n, it is an interesting flight into fantasy to suggest his lack of a "normal' life without cruising, proms etc, may have led to his erratic and erotic behavior during his married life.  Tiger was a player prowling for p_ _ _ y long before he married.  The fact, according to Tiger, is that he continued to remain a skirt-chaser after marriage.
It is certainly forgiveable.  But if you believe he was so focused on golf as a youngster and is just now sowing his wild oats...I can't buy that.
Making up for lost time?  Nobody has that much time, lost or otherwise.  Tiger should come out and say, "Hey, I love the ladies and the ladies love Me.  I can't help it.  I am looking for an understanding wife who will let me be me.  I am Tiger, hear me whore!"  Or roar.

He is a low life and while I am not as accomplished as Tiger, I am a low life too.  There is no justification or decent explanation that holds water.  Tiger is being himself.

Tiger seems to have few morals.  Little interest in other people unless they further his career.  He is a shameless promoter of himself.  He is a foul-mouthed child-man who not only can't keep it in his pants but who thrives on being the kid in a candy store who winds up ODing on the candy.  He is a pathetic excuse for a husband.  Elin may forgive him but she may have a harder time forgetting what he did and an almost impossible time getting over being betrayed by Tiger and all those people who kept the secret that allowed him to whore around for the last several years.

Since: Oct 26, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2010 9:43 pm

Mickelson mum on Woods' travails

Phil has endured more wild and unsubstantiated rumors on the personal front than any prominent athlete in the past two decades...his wife makes jokes about it.

Phil doesn't joke about it and that may well be that he has more class than his wife.  There are plenty of unsubtantiated rumors about her past too.

I don't know about Phil's life but I have heard the rumors that come from people who swear they know the facts.  Hah!  What we all know is that the players protect each other.  Raise your hands if you think Elin feels betrayed by her "friends."  It is like Jim Bouton's anecdote about the Yankees coming home on the train after a road trip and one of them says upon arriving at Grand Central Station where their wives are waiting for them, "Okay boys, let's look horney."

I will give Phil the benefit of the doubt since I don't know (and really don't care) about his personal life.  Did Phil or Mark O'Meara or anyone ever tell Tiger, "look pal, it's time to keep it in your pants.  You are going to lose your family if you don't change."  That's the least they might have done.  And maybe they did.

Some of Tiger's friends and foes and acquaintances, because of their own skeletons, may not have been in any postition to serve as the holder of the moral compass. 

"Let he who is without sin cast the first stone" is the punchline of Jesus and the woman caught in adultery. It may be some of the fellow tour members didn't want to open up any criticism of themselves.  Who wants a self-inflicted stoning?

In the event that that is the case, it is smart of Phil and others to avoid being 'the pot calling the Tiger black.'

Since: Sep 18, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2010 9:13 pm

Mickelson mum on Woods' travails

Way to go Phil!!!!!  I imagine he has plenty of feelings he would love to express on the issue of Mr. Woods but chooses not to play it out in the media.  Refreshing!!  As for Mr. Woods...what a friggin dork!!!!!!!!  Hands down the best golfer in the world, born with all these amazing skills to play the game of golf.  Sponsors pretty much set the guy up and allow him to only focus on the major tournaments and not have to grind it out on the tour all year.  Chasing Jack??!!  That is the dumbest thing I have ever heard.  He will never achieve what Jack achieved.  Jack had to grind it out every week just to make a living for his family.  Then when it was time to play the big ones he elevated his game and became a legend, all the while being true to his family.  No, Mr. Woods has no shot at Jack Nicklaus...he is not even on the same course.

Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2010 9:09 pm
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