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Maybe Mickelson likes Rees' pieces after all

Posted on: September 15, 2011 3:09 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2011 6:04 pm

LEMONT, Ill. -- This will be the best laugh you'll have all day.

Perhaps all week.

Phil Mickelson's reverse love affair (hey, that's the nicest way to put it) with designer Rees Jones has become public record, with the future Hall of Famer missing very few opportunities to take shots at the architect's body of work. This week at Cog Hill, Mickelson was one of many players pointing out the flaws in Jones' redesign of Cog Hill, site of the BMW Championship.

But this is downright comical. Lovers of irony, button your chinstraps.

* In the second half of the 2010 season, Mickelson's lone top-10 finish came at Cog Hill, where he finished T8.

* In 2011, his lone victory was claimed in Houston, at the Redstone course designed by Rees Jones.

* Mickelson has two other top-5 finishes this year, but only one in the United States, at Torrey Pines, on a course redesigned by Jones before the 2002 event.

So, in other words, in his last four finishes of T8 or better, three have come at courses Jones built or redesigned. The fourth was a T2 at the British Open in July.

After shooting a 1-over 72 in the first round, Mickelson was asked about the disconnect between his opinions and his results on the various Jones venues. Just because he doesn't love the design doesn't men he can't play them.

"Everybody's gotta play it, everybody's gotta play it," he said.

Category: Golf

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: September 16, 2011 8:58 am

Maybe Mickelson likes Rees' pieces after all

He only pans Jones courses because it is competition for his company. Like Pepsi saying coke sucks, of course they are going to say that. Anyways, good to point out Elling, even if your stats are little selective.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 5:20 pm

Maybe Mickelson likes Rees' pieces after all

Well, it is rumored that there is one particular player on the tour who is almost the opposite of the image he portrays, and whose behavior when the mic is off and the crowds are gone is very, very self-indlugent in every way one could imagine concerning the "tour lifestyle."  I wouldn't ever mention any names, though.

Since: Sep 22, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2011 3:58 pm

Maybe Mickelson likes Rees' pieces after all

This is a non-story and I wish I had the 30 seconds it took to read back.  Just because he has performed well at Jones' courses does not mean he has to like them. 

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