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01 August 2005

Two Different Approaches

As we approach the P.G.A. Championship at Baltusrol in New Jersey a week from this Thursday, the Times runs a short article on Woods and Mickelson playing a practice round. It notes that Woods "prefers to practice before a major championship and will spend the rest of the week at Isleworth. Mickelson, who likes to compete in a PGA Tour event the week before a major, is entered in this week's International in Castle Rock, Colo." Say, Phil, ever consider that might not be the best approach? Sort of like reading "before a major conflict, Germany prefers to build highly mobile forces with rapid strike capabilities, while France prefers deep entrenchments with heavy fortifications along it's more vulnerable lines." You think after failure after failure you might want to try something different...like what the guy who always wins does?

4 Comments:

Anonymous Harlem said...

Ziel:
Interesting point but I'm thinking that the difference between Woods and Mickelson (and everyone else for that matter) may go deeper than pre-tourney ritual.
I imagine there are some golfers out there who follow Woods' habits to a tee (ouch!)but, shockingly, still don't find themselves in play-offs with Tiger very often.
Phil is a fine player (this coming from a real golf expert) but Joe Pepitone was also a fine first baseman. I don't think getting drunk every night would have made him Mickey Mantle.
Harlem

August 05, 2005 7:41 PM  
Blogger ziel said...

No, Pepitone probably would never be a Mickey Mantle, but then again neither could Mickey Mantle have designed Central Park!

August 05, 2005 8:33 PM  
Anonymous Harlem said...

Wow! That sounds like something I would have fabricated, although I don't see a song involved, as is usually the case with my fabrications. Any Kranepool sightings lately?
Harlem

August 05, 2005 9:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem with that angle is Phil and Tiger had exactly the same routines last year (2004) and Phil's performance in the majors was much better than Tiger's.

I think it's more a matter of who has the championship heart and mind rather than what they do the week before a major.

August 10, 2005 12:22 PM  

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