by Jeff Skinner
This PGA Tour Playoff season just got a bit more controversial. In a very surprising move Phil Mickelson has withdrawn from the BMW Championship.
Mickelson didn’t cite any specific injury or illness for his early morning withdrawal but rather stated his need to focus on the Ryder Cup.
“Without a chance to contend at the Tour Championship,” he said “the most important thing for me now is to prepare for the Ryder Cup.”
What? Ryder Cup in the middle of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Playoffs. I can’t imagine Commissioner Tim Finchem is pleased with one of his most prized attractions quitting in the middle of the playoffs.
Phil the Thrill wasn’t thrilled about his play and the fact that he sat in 63rd place out of 69 golfers at Cherry Hills. With no chance of moving on to the Tour Championship he packed it in.
This is like a ten year old who is losing at checkers and he flips over the checkerboard. He looks like a kid losing at a game of HORSE so he takes his ball and goes home.
There is no other way to put this but Phil Mickelson quit.
Phil has always marched to his own drummer and certainly has voiced opinions on Tour matters he didn’t like but this is so out of character for Phil.
Unlike many players Phil knows the value of maintaining positive relationships with sponsors, his and the tour’s but this withdrawal on its face is a bad move.
We love Phil but unless he is suffering physically and hiding that fact he screwed the pooch on this one.