05/24/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 05/24/2020 18:38
'DELAYED SAUCE.' Just another in the growing list of Phil Mickelson idioms that also includes 'activate the calves' and 'hitting bombs.' After driving the par-4 11th, Mickelson described it as 'high, nasty, straight bombs.'
BEST TIGER-PHIL MOMENT. Plenty of good back-and-forth moments, but the best was when Mickelson was hitting his third shot from the fairway at the par-4 fifth while Tiger was already on the green. Mickelson asked Tiger to mark his ball. Tiger's response: 'You want me to use one of my U.S. Open medals?' Tiger opted not to mark and told Mickelson he'd give him the hole if Mickelson hit his ball. Phil nearly did, his shot bouncing just inches away. 'Would've been a tasty one,' Mickelson smiled.
MANNING AS GOLF ANNOUNCER? Networks televising NFL games have been trying to pull Peyton Manning into the broadcast booth ever since he retired following the 2015 season. But perhaps Manning's true calling is as a golf announcer. After Mickelson missed a green with his approach shot, Manning astutely observed, 'Pretty much a routine par for Phil. Might as well be in the leather.' What Manning may lack in long-time inside-the-ropes knowledge, he'd make up with his storytelling ability. And there would never be any dead air.
JT AS ANNOUNCER. Just as Brady and Manning stepped out of their comfort zones by playing golf, Justin Thomas stepped out of his by grabbing a microphone and becoming an on-course analyst. Good insight from JT, who like Woods is a Medalist member. How can we convince him to spend his weeks off critiquing his peers?
THAT MAGICAL NOLA CAP. Manning switched caps after a shaky start, putting on a cap honoring his hometown of New Orleans. He immediately started to play better, making a long putt to win the fourth hole and also won the sixth with a par for a net 3 with the handicap. He eventually switched to a Colorado cap. It wasn't the only wardrobe change on the day. Brady went to his rain pants before a second squall hit the course after he split his golf slacks in the midst of his early struggles.
BELICHICK THE CADDIE. Manning was asked whom he would use as his caddie if he didn't have a cart. He suggested his brother Eli, then perhaps Nick Foles (the ultimate NFL QB caddie?), but finally settled on Bill Belichick, Brady's former coach at New England to 'see how that would've worked.' Brady was within earshot, of course. But then, as Manning remembered, 'Bill brings out bad things for me.'