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Phil Designs His Future In The Game

Phil Mickelson - course designer

CALGARY, ALBERTA | For a PGA Tour star who generally likes to stay on a positive message, Phil Mickelson can be a harsh critic when it comes to courses.

A few years back he got into a feud with Rees Jones about Mickelson’s contention that the U.S. Open Doctor Jr. was building one-dimensional courses and shortchanging his clients. And in Calgary last week Mickelson was decidedly critical of Chambers Bay, this year’s U.S. Open venue, saying he felt a Tour event would never return to the Washington course because it was a terrible venue for spectators.

If there was ever a player who entered the golf design business with a bull’s-eye on his back, Mickelson is it.

Not that Mickelson seemed to care.


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