Phil MIckelson has “lost his privilege” to go for it

Recently, I reconnected with an old college buddy. I invited him out for a drink. He replied that he had to refuse – he “lost his privilege.”

That’s an interesting choice of words – “lost his privilege.” I lauded him for his will power. After reading John Daly’s confession in Golf Magazine, my heart went out to him too. I may even give him a second chance.

Phil Mickelson is in the same situation when it comes to the siren that is temptation on the golf course. Has any player been burned more times going for the gusto than Phil? Have there been more high profile “lay-ups” – safe plays – that beat anybody in majors.

Geoff Shackelford turned my on to the wonder that is temptation. It’s what makes Augusta so dramatic. Except for rare circumstances like this weekend, it’s also erased from the U.S. Open usually in the severe set up.

The old Phil too often succumbed to the temptation…and lost. Then he watched as both David Toms and Payne Stewart STOLE majors from him laying up and rolling in 12-15 footers.

After Sunday’s debacle, Phil has lost his privilege to be the river boat gambler at the majors. He knew not to do what he did and he did it anyway.

I know that to truly consider yourself a golfer, you must have a sportsman’s soul – the soul of a lady or gentleman. But while the game demands that we tolerate and respect when golf becomes a morality play, but that doesn’t mean we have to like it or enjoy it.

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Jay Flemma

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  1. 21st June 2006 | chumly says:
    I stink at golf but love the walking part of it.
  2. 21st June 2006 | A WALK IN THE PARK says:
    I love Chumley' New York City. The famed writer's club where Hemingway and Henry James used to write. And I love their sister tavern, the Blue MIll even more! Great food and libations. Great place to channel the writing energy...and have a pint and cheese platter.
  3. 24th June 2006 | Love says:
    And if Phil had hit one drive good you'd be cheering him on to win the Tiger Slam today.
  4. 24th June 2006 | A WALK IN THE PARK says:
    No question about it. But the difference between hitting that clutch shot and not hitting that clutch shot is the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning. But more importantly, had he laid up, we WOULD have either crowned him or he had a 50-50 shot in a playoff. From my conversation with broadcaster Steve Czaban: Steve: They don't put plaques in the fairway to commemorate guys that laid up. Jay: They don't give out trophies to guys that take their shot and miss. Bet you a Krispy Kreme Geoff Ogilvy is saying "I don't need no steenking plaque..."

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