Phil Mickelson is a quitter. Bottom line. And all the people who are fooled by his “thumbs-up” and “smiling good-nature” should really step back and reevaluate why you even root for this guy. He’s not the person you really think he is.
Phil withdrew from the BMW Championship after his piss-poor 76 on Friday. No injury. No emergency. Just a WD because his primary goal right now is the Ryder Cup. He even said as much in his statement released Saturday morning:
My primary goal is to rest and prepare for the Ryder Cup. Without a chance to contend at the TOUR Championship, the most important thing for me now is to prepare for the Ryder Cup.
That statement has quitter written all over it. The Ryder Cup is over two weeks away. That’s plenty of time to rest and prepare; especially for a world class golfer like him. The quitter part comes with the “not contending at the TOUR Championship” part of the statement. Of course, with two rounds of 70-76, it’s easy to say things are not going so well. Being 14-shots off the lead heading into the weekend is crappy. But you know what, that’s no reason to quit. If his golf game is that off right now, then the best way to prepare for the Ryder Cup is playing competitive golf and going out on Saturday and Sunday to work on the things that hamper your golf game, and do this while finishing the tournament. He can then jump on his G550 jet and head back to San Diego where there will still be over two weeks to “rest and prepare” for the Ryder Cup.
Phil Mickelson really started to lose all his goodwill with me back in March when he withdrew from the Valero Texas Open, citing some mysterious “oblique.” His oblique then magically healed because he was back four days later teeing it up in Houston and we’ve never heard anything about an oblique injury since then. I don’t like this guy and I never have. I think he his smiles and thumbs-up are fake and all for show so people will like him.
Withdrawing from the BMW Championship is weak. It’s bad taste and bad for the PGA Tour. This tour just lets the “inmates run the asylum” and it’s time to change this mentality. Everything from denying suspensions for alleged coke heads to letting players withdraw whenever they shoot an embarrassing round is a joke for this Tour.
This game is going to continue to decline if things like this continue, especially as the Phil Mickelson’s and Tiger Woods of the world get older and become less-and-less relevant.