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Woods and Mickelson stinking it up

TAGs: golf, pga, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods

It’s not often that when you watch sports highlights, they only show the highlights of the losing team or the players who are playing the absolute worst, unless of course, you’re watching golf.

You’d have to be pretty close to being an invalid to not realize that Tiger Woods has completely lost his swagger on the golf course. In fact, you can’t watch the highlights of any tournament he’s in without them being dominated by the most atrocious shots and putting you’ve see in a long time, courtesy of Tiger Woods. Enough already, yes, the man is struggling, what else is knew? To me, the real story is what the number two golfer is doing, that being Phil Mickelson. But I guess there’s no story, seeing how Lefty, is doing absolutely nothing. Heading into the PGA championship, British-based Ladbrokes had Mickelson as the 12-1 favorite with Woods the second choice at 14-1. Bodog had Mickelson the 10-1 favorite with Woods at 12-1. And Pregame.com, a sports betting information website that aggregates odds from a cross section of Las Vegas and online sports books, had Mickelson at 14-1 and Woods 17-1.

Woods hasn’t won a major since his return to golf for obvious reasons. And if the sport could truly survive without him, one would expect someone to have already taken his place on top of the golf world. That person was supposed to be Phil Mickelson, but if you’ve been watching Phil play lately, you’d think it was him who was involved in sex scandal of epic proportions. Turns out it’s just a bad case of arthritis. Read more.

I’ll take his word for it, because I’m hoping Mickelson is not that inept when healthy. Either way, both Mickelson and Woods aren’t even within earshots of any leaderboards lately.

So with arthritis ailing Lefty and everything else ailing Woods, who will eventually take over that top spot as the World’s No 1 golfer? Or will the rest of the golf world just sit around and let Tiger hold on to that spot?

I personally shot a 74 on the weekend, while drinking beers and smoking cigars with the boys, between Woods and Mickelson, I’m starting to believe I might have a shot!

Rewind to the Bridgestone Invitational, where Woods played the worst golf of his entire professional career, and shot a horrific 77 in the final round. Lost in the shuffle behind Wood’s nightmare, was the fact that Mickelson shot a 78.

Are we seeing age creeping up on the top ranked golfers in the world? There’s only a handful of players that continued to win after the age of 35 and very few actually dominated the sport. We might be seeing the changing of the tide, with new younger golfers stepping up and making a name for themselves like Martin Kaymer…Just as long as they don’t pull Dustin Johnsons in the final rounds.

Are the odds changing on who will be the next No. 1 golfer and the traditional favorites? In light of what we’re seeing from Woods and Mickelson, should they be?

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