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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.

Category: Golf

Since: Dec 17, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2010 9:05 pm

Mickelson mum on Woods' travails

It is really interesting how Phil came ou swinging.  He beat the media to it and I think that he is a better man for that.

Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2010 8:07 pm

Mickelson mum on Woods' travails

#1  How do any of us know whether or not Tiger and Phil now or have ever been friendly?  There are a lot of reports, but what goes on between the two of them in a private setting is completely unknown by any of us.

#2 The writer of this article quotes Phil about they have made contact with the "Woodses" and says that it appears they contacted Elin, but there is nothing in the article to substantiate that.  Why does the media want, or have to have it that Tiger and Phil are arch enemies.

#3  Why do any of us continue to care so much about this.  This is a private matter that has been taken way too far.  Tiger should pay the price through endorsements, but I for one will continue to follow him.  He has done as much for golf as anyone ever in the sport, and that includes Arnold Palmer.  I am not saying he has done more, but has done as much.

Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2010 6:03 pm

Mickelson mum on Woods' travails

Very inciteful comment.  It seems as though people have always assumed that Tiger's inhuman play on the golf course translates to not being human in his social and personal life.  But you bring up a great point, Tiger's youth can't have been fun. He never got the chance to just "be a kid" and just have fun without having to worry about screwing up and the whole world knowing.
And I agree, I hope for the sake of golf and its fans and for Tiger himself that he succeeds in turning his life around and, as you said, "chasing Jack in more ways than one".
Great post.

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2010 5:30 pm

Mickelson mum on Woods' travails

I don't know Tiger personally, but I lived in the SoCal area and followed his early career with a lot of interest and pride.  I know that from about age 3, he was groomed by his father for a PGA career.  I seriously doubt that he had much of a "normal" kid's life, nor a "normal" teen's life with proms and Friday night lights, cruising, and all that.  In fact, over the years there has never been a story of any kind involving any of his childhood or teenage friends.  The question arises as to whether he had any really close friends, as almost all of us did during our growing up years.  He was totally focused on golf every waking moment.  Even on the tour today, he, more than almost anyone else, stays completely to himself.  It certainly isn't clear to me that Tiger has any really close friends at all, even today.  With the possible exception of  Mark O'Meara, who appears to be more of a surrogate father figure, he seems to be a virtual island.  That has to be a very tough life to live, and he seems to have missed a lot of things along the way.  Maybe that's why he did some of the things he did, who knows.  I hope that he resurrects his relationship with his wife, and becomes a better family man that we can again be proud of and cheer for.  I am far less concerned about his golf accomplishments, they speak for themselves regardless of how many majors he wins.  He is chasing Jack Nicklaus now in more ways than one, and I hope that he succeeds.

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: January 27, 2010 5:15 pm

Mickelson mum on Woods' travails

Who cares?  Write stories about what he is doing on the course, not who he converses with.  Tiger screwed up and if Phil doesn't want to talk to him, great.  I can understand Phil's side of this.  
But its not news.  

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2010 5:12 pm

Mickelson mum on Woods' travails

He could except that he is not an ass. Your bringing up the subject puts you as a question mark on that one.

Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2010 5:12 pm

Mickelson mum on Woods' travails

Well it would be cool if they were actually friends rather than the other way around that the media portrays. That's all I was getting at.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2010 4:24 pm

Mickelson mum on Woods' travails

Just shows Phil has alot of class.  He could have easily taken a shot at Tiger.  He chose not to.  End of story.

Since: Jan 25, 2010
Posted on: January 27, 2010 3:43 pm

Mickelson mum on Woods' travails

Lefty is right on.  Each and every athlete has to deal with his or her own personal life.  Good for him.  Why question are they friends or not.  Who cares!!!!!  They are competitors on the course.  Thats all folks!!

Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: January 27, 2010 3:35 pm

Mickelson mum on Woods' travails

But he states that they are good friends. So what gives?

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