January 26, 2004 |
There have been many good days for Phil Mickelson, just not lately. For a guy who has won more than $24 million in prize money, you have to say he's held up well under the new tag of the puzzling underachiever, a label applied to him last year when he was very un-Phil ... or un-Phil-filled, if you wish, failing to win a tournament for the first time in five years.
January 25, 2004 |
It's a flat-out sprint to the finish line at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, which so far has amounted to an exercise in golf course torture. But with 72 holes down and 18 more to go, is there anything out there that can quiet all the good vibes? The short answer: Probably not. The longer answer is that as long as there is a chance for someone to shoot a score so low it's borderline subterranean, anything looks possible.
January 24, 2004 |
This will not be good news for a lot of people. Phil Mickelson is healthy, he has lost weight and he's excited about playing. More important, he's keeping his golf ball on the fairway. What's more, his putts are falling so quickly into the bottoms of the holes, the balls must be allergic to grass. So far at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, it's a brand new year for a brand new man, and Mickelson is celebrating like crazy.
January 23, 2004 |
The second round of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic went a lot like the first: They came, they saw, they torched the place. Kenny Perry followed up his 64 at Indian Wells Country Club with a 66 Thursday at the Palmer Course at PGA West and is 14 under par through 36 holes. That amounts to two touchdowns and two extra points worth of birdies, not to mention a one-shot lead. Phil Mickelson delivered a 63 to Indian Wells, which once again assumed the role as favored whipping boy of the pro golf set.
January 22, 2004 |
A golfer must do two things to have a chance at winning the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic: shoot a low opening score, then continue shooting low scores. Skip Kendall and Mark Hensby took care of the first step Wednesday, carding nine-under-par 63s in a first round that started in wind and rain but quickly settled into pristine desert conditions. Kendall and Hensby have a one-shot lead over Kenny Perry and are two ahead of Justin Leonard, Jerry Kelly and Jay Haas.
January 19, 2004 |
The 45th Bob Hope Chrysler Classic -- the first since Hope died at 100 last summer -- begins its five-day, 90-hole run Wednesday at the Palmer Course at PGA West, La Quinta Country Club, Bermuda Dunes Country Club and Indian Wells Country Club. Mike Weir is the defending champion. Weir went on to win the Masters and the Nissan Open in a breakout year for the 33-year-old Canadian. Weir was fifth on the money list last year with $4.9 million and had 10 top-10 finishes in 21 tournaments.
February 3, 2003 |
In his first tournament of the year, Phil Mickelson said he couldn't have hit his driver much worse or scored much better, which added up to a season debut less frustrating than it was promising. Mickelson, the defending champion, closed with a five-under-par 67 Sunday and moved from a tie for 33rd to a tie for sixth at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
January 31, 2003 |
It was right there on the scoreboard: Jay Haas, 61. There's only one question ... is that his score or his age? Oh, it was his score, all right, and it was the best one the 49-year-old Haas has had in 112 rounds covering 24 years of his participation in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, which he leads by one shot over Harrison Frazar.
January 30, 2003 |
Stephen Ames started adding it up. He shot a nine-under-par 63 Wednesday at the Palmer Course at PGA West to start the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and now, if he could only do that four more times, that's, what, 45 under? That could even be enough to win. "Easily," said Ames, who is tied for the first-round lead with Bob Tway. "But I suspect they might get to 40 under this year, the way things are going." Get your compass out.
January 29, 2003 |
So, David Duval, about last year, was that a disaster for you or what? "It looked like a little bit of a meltdown," he said. "It looked like a complete failure." But it also depends on who is doing the looking, Duval said. "I'm 31 years old, I've been out here nine years, I've won 13 times, I've won a major, I've been on a winning Ryder Cup team, I've won a money title, I've been ranked No.