This week Phil Mickelson will be making his PGA Tour debut playing at the Farmers Insurance Open at the great Torrey Pines. Phil met with the media today and granted me a quick one-on-one interview after he fulfilled all his other press duties. I am hoping to be landing a lot of these interviews during the 2010 PGA Tour so I hope you come back to check them all out.
front9back9: Hey Phil. You are looking trim and fit. How to you feel physically?
Phil: I feel great. I stopped eating so much a few days after Thanksgiving once I heard about the infamous wreck. I was really hoping Tiger was OK but I thought that there was a small chance that maybe he would not play at all in 2010 so I thought I could take over the PGA Tour. In the end Tiger ended up being OK physically, but other things spiraled out of control and it still may look like I can take over.
front9back9: OK Phil, well that is great. Good luck with that this year. But since you mentioned Tiger, what do you think of this whole thing?
Phil: Well it was pretty exciting. Like I said, I may have a chance finally to take over the PGA Tour. Tiger is a great competitor and great for the PGA Tour. It gets old all the attention he gets. There are other people out here playing as well. I feel bad for the Elin and the kids, they do not deserve all the attention they have received because of this. But this was no surprise to anyone on tour. Tiger was a man-whore and everyone knew about it. We are just such a close knit community that we all have each others back most of the time. But I tell you what, Tiger has made a lot of golfers out here sleep a little less at night and protect their phones a little better, if you know what I mean…
front9back9: Yeah Phil I know what you mean. Even my girlfriend drilled me about chicks on the side. But let’s go back to this year. What are your expectations going into the year?
Phil: Well Ryan, they are high. With Tiger gone, and no-one else even pushing towards the top, I have it made. All I have to do is go out and enjoy what I am doing. And I tell you what, I really enjoy it. I am just gonna go out and smile and shake hands and kiss babies and everything will work out. I am good Ryan. I am the second best golfer in the world and without the best one around, I am the best now. Life is good.
front9back9: Well Thanks Phil I appreciate the time. Good luck this year!!