has been the number one golfer in the world for this entire
decade. There were a couple of weeks where he slipped to number
two, but for the majority of the 2000’s he has been the man on
top. Between 1998 and 2005, Tiger went an incredible 142
tournaments without missing a cut, destroying the old record of 113
tournaments. This past weekend, Tiger missed the cut in the U.S.
Open after not playing in any tournaments since the Masters in April
because of the death of his father. This was only the fourth cut
Tiger has missed in his entire career. All this being said, there
are those that question whether he is the best in the world right now.
Phil Mickelson is being touted as the best in the world right now
because he has won 3 majors in the last two years and he as played very
well this year. There is no doubt that Phil is a very talented
golfer, maybe one of the most talented golfers ever to play the game,
but there is more to golf than just having a nice stroke. Is Phil
ready to be considered the best? My answer is no! I am a
left-handed golfer, so I have been trying my best to like Phil
Mickelson as a golfer since I started playing. The problem I have
is what you saw on Sunday. Phil just doesn’t have that killer
instinct. For whatever reason, he just does not fair well in the
big tournaments when it’s all on the line. Forever he was known
as the best golfer in the world who hadn’t won a major. Now that he has
three the media is ready to anoint him the greatest.
Think about the greatest players in each of the major sports and ask
yourself how they performed in the clutch when it really
mattered. In basketball, think back to Bill Russell, Larry Bird,
Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan. During their eras, they were
each considered the best in the game. When it came down to the
NBA Finals they always stepped up and played their best. In
Football, it was Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, and Emmitt Smith. In
baseball, it is guys like Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera.
These guys can be considered the best, because when it really mattered,
they played their best. That is why Tiger is so feared on the PGA
tour, because his competitors know that he has that killer
instinct. When Tiger has the lead in a major going into Sunday he
is virtually unbeatable. I realize Tiger isn’t playing his best
golf right now, but if my life was on the line and someone had to play
18 holes to save it, I would give Tiger the golf bag without thinking
twice about it.