Phil Mickelson is a class act and Champion!

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Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 21, 2013 - 03:17pm PT
Sports stars can often be aloof and full of themselves.

Today, Phil Mickelson proved himself a true champion and human being, when, even during the course (no pun intended) of pursuing the victory at the Open Tournament in Scotland, he took the time to sign autographs, fist bump and high five the fans, and even hand a ball to a young boy with a broken arm, and chat him up a bit.

The man is exemplary.

Congratulations Phil!
Credit: Cragman



EDIT: I had the privilege of playing a round of golf with Bachar. At one point he said, "Ya know....this is a game of masters. I could play this game my whole life, and never reach the equivlant of 5.7."

Truth.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jul 21, 2013 - 03:48pm PT
Dang, now there is an image I just can't get my head around, Bachar playing golf!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 21, 2013 - 03:50pm PT
I know, Mark....but, he got pretty addicted for a while.

He had some game too!

: )
deepnet

Boulder climber
San Diego
Jul 21, 2013 - 03:52pm PT
Way to go homeboy!
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Jul 21, 2013 - 03:54pm PT
Lefty shot a 66 today, the best of his career ... and to birdie the last 4 holes... dang.

Class act, for sure, and a great way to follow-up his win at the Scottish Open last weekend.


~peace
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Jul 21, 2013 - 05:34pm PT
Hooray for Phil!
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Jul 21, 2013 - 06:03pm PT
Infernal sport, golf. Had to give it up myself....

:-)

DMT
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 21, 2013 - 06:10pm PT
: ) I can relate, Ding....

My golf motto: "If I climbed like I play golf....I'd have been dead YEARS ago!"

stevep

Boulder climber
Salt Lake, UT
Jul 21, 2013 - 06:18pm PT
Yes, very much a class act, and glad to see him win. Wish more sports superstars were like him.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 21, 2013 - 09:47pm PT
Golf shoes and climbing shoes are on a par.

Designed to stay put like heck.

Colorful as heck.

Expensive as heck.

Phil has been, for me, an acquired taste. There is something a little smarmy about mamma's boy. There have been gentlemen who remained gentlemen all through their careers whom I esteem, Bob Jones among them, Arnold Palmer, as well.

In golf, as in life, nobody's perfect, just their games.


Edit: Thanks for the chiding, Cragman. I am left no choice as a gentleman. Congratulations, Mr. Lefty, your game was right on today. You earned the accolade of champion. Act accordingly.
TwistedCrank

climber
Dingleberry Gulch, Ideeho
Jul 21, 2013 - 10:09pm PT
Golf? Um. Weird.
Wade Icey

Trad climber
www.alohashirtrescue.com
Jul 21, 2013 - 10:10pm PT
who profits from hero worship?
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 21, 2013 - 10:21pm PT
Patagonia.
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Jul 21, 2013 - 10:22pm PT
A good walk spoiled, but Lefty was grace under pressure today. Finishing with the birdy was classic.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 21, 2013 - 10:31pm PT
Prod, et al,

Seriously?

You DO know we are talking about a human being, right?

I would venture a guess that even denizens of ST have their share of bad days, and do things of which we are not so proud.

We also, should we be so fortunate, have our days of glory.

Phil was astounding today in his commitment to achieve a goal....one that few people in the history of the world will EVER achieve.

Perhaps we should allow him all the accolades due him in his triumph, and save the sniping for ourselves, when we look in the mirror.

Sheesh.
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Jul 22, 2013 - 12:10am PT
Maybe it should read an ass clact and chumpion...If that pompous ass had talked to my kid that way he'd pulling a driving wedge out of his tight ass...RJ
bergbryce

Mountain climber
California
Jul 22, 2013 - 12:24am PT
I'm pretty sure he played the race card today by winning a big tournament of the whitest of all games.
mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Jul 22, 2013 - 12:26am PT
I chatted with him for an hour or so In a Vegas bar.

Seemed pretty stand up to me.

I grew up around Golf, and the biggest as#@&%e I ever met was JIM COLBERT.


rincon

Trad climber
SoCal
Jul 22, 2013 - 12:33am PT
President Obama is WAY more a class act, than Phil Mickelson.
QITNL

climber
Jul 22, 2013 - 12:45am PT
That's an interesting story, Prod; I'll take your word for it if you saw it first hand. I could tell lots of stories of folks who are revered in public but act like jerks behind the scenes. As well, some folks publicly viewed as heels are, in private, absolute gems.

Just for fun, google FIGJAM.

"Chat up" might be a poor choice of words, seeing as this was the British Open.

chat up
vb (tr, adverb) Brit informal
1. to talk flirtatiously to (a person), esp with the intention of seducing him or her
2. to talk persuasively to (a person), esp with an ulterior motive

Unless that's what the OP was implying.

Yeah, I also remember someone pissing on our President on an OT appreciation thread someone started for him.
john hansen

climber
Jul 22, 2013 - 12:48am PT
I am sure Phil has had his moments, but I must say I was impressed when he hit way short of the green on one hole and said, "my bad'.

Links golf is way different from what they play in the USA, you never now how much it will roll out or stop short. Poulter's shot on one of the final holes rolled out 400 yards into a bunker.
Every bunker on that course was brutal.

I enjoyed watching the drama today. It seems in major's one shot can make or break it.

You could see how Bacher might be challenged by the precision that is required in golf at the highest level, where every move is thought out in advance and carried out with total focus.

I was pulling for him when he got to three under for the day..

Phil has worked for many years with many heartbreaks to attain his goal.

I always enjoy watching the Major's because you never know what will happen. Four birdies in the last five hole's,,, who would a thunk..


Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Jul 22, 2013 - 12:58am PT

I always enjoy watching the Major's because you never know what will happen. Four birdies in the last five hole's,,, who would a thunk..

Word.


Golf is a difficult sport ... and I love the unexpected ending.
Fun stuff today on the course.

Oh ... have i mentioned, i love golf?
Good form. <br/>
 <br/>
 <br/>
The Pickle.
Good form.


The Pickle.
Credit: Leggs


~peace, Leggs
Ken M

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, Ca
Jul 22, 2013 - 03:20am PT
There have been gentlemen who remained gentlemen all through their careers whom I esteem, Bob Jones among them, Arnold Palmer, as well.

You obviously don't know the story of Bobby Jones.


It is easy to typify an entire person's life on the basis of one minute, where one has no idea what backstories might be in play.

I, for one, am glad that I don't have a microscope on my life EVERY time that I interact with any other member of the public.

mountainlion

Trad climber
California
Jul 22, 2013 - 03:47am PT
I like Phil...

I hate golf and rich people...golf because I suck and it is to expensive for me to ever get good at...rich people because they CAPITALIZE on desperate or weak people or you could say they exploit people...

he seems to me someone who has bad moments but they are overshadowed by the good moments behind the scenes...even if PROD witnessed 1 bad moment...

I still am the biggest A-hole I know but can't everybody say this?
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Jul 22, 2013 - 04:20am PT
it's all about Hate.

you wanna be a king hater you have to join the Player Haters club,

you have a good start by hating on yourself, just expand on that,

maybe bomb the Special Olympics or shoot a blind mans dog,

maybe cut the power at a Neil Diamond concert then give the Pope a hot sulpheric acid enema,

actually, cutting the power to the Diamond concert might be considered an act of Love, there are two kinds of people in this world, those who like neil and those who hate him, lock a guy up and play a compilation album and see how long the guy lasts before he rips his eyes out and pokes a fork into his ear drums,

steal all the money earned for an MS charity concert series featuring clapton, page, beck, watts and joe cocker?

already been done.
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Jul 22, 2013 - 11:20am PT
Cut the power at a Diamond concert...? You're a sick man Sprock.. but funny...
weezy

climber
Jul 22, 2013 - 11:25am PT
speaking of super awesome nice golfer guys, what ever happened to fuzzy zoeller?
Dave Kos

Social climber
Temecula
Jul 22, 2013 - 01:39pm PT
It's a shame that such a great guy has to pay such high taxes.
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Jul 22, 2013 - 01:41pm PT
I, for one, am glad that I don't have a microscope on my life EVERY time that I interact with any other member of the public.

well, you do if it's on supertopo...
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jul 22, 2013 - 01:58pm PT
Whenever I see Mickelson on TV, there is something, and I think it's in his expression, that makes me think of a slightly puffy, Bachar.
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Jul 24, 2013 - 10:11am PT
And Garrison Keillor he just bugs me.

Hahahahaa....that made me laugh out loud.

~peace
Ken M

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, Ca
Jul 24, 2013 - 12:06pm PT
speaking of super awesome nice golfer guys, what ever happened to fuzzy zoeller?

He effectively had his career destroyed by Tiger Woods, when he was going out of his way to extend a hand of friendship by giving him a little bit of the needle, as guys will do.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 24, 2013 - 12:14pm PT
Zoeller's comments that were construed as racist towards Tiger Woods have overshadowed an otherwise stellar career.

Zoeller has always been known as a jokester...unfortunately, he said some things that really should not have been said in light of the sensitivity along racial lines.

There is an old saying that says, "Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool, then to open one's mouth and erase all doubt."

Zoeller learned that the hard way. I don't think he is a racist.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 24, 2013 - 07:14pm PT
Phil Mickelson's Tax Rate: 61%

Phil Mickelson got into some hot water earlier this year when he complained about getting socked with a tax rate of more than 60%. Observers said there's no way the star golfer would pay that much, even in his tax-friendly home state of California.

But Mickelson now finds himself in that very situation, thanks to the United Kingdom.

Mickelson has been on fire lately, winning the 2013 Open Championship and the Scottish Open. But he doesn't get to collect his $2,167,500 in combined winnings and go home. Instead, there are U.K. taxes to contend with.

Both matches were held in Scotland, where the U.K. has set a 45% tax rate on income of more than $230,325. As a result, Michelson will pay about $954,000, or 44% of his earnings there. That's according to a writeup in Forbes by K. Sean Packard, an accountant who specializes in tax issues for professional athletes.

There's more. The U.K. also collects taxes on endorsement money for non-resident athletes that compete there. So it will get a cut of Mickelson's endorsement income made during his two weeks in Scotland as well as some of the bonuses he gets for tournament wins or for ranking at the end of the year.

Packard says that the U.S. will not double-tax Mickelson's income at least. But California will, since it doesn't have a foreign tax credit.

So in the end, before expenses are factored in that may reduce his tax burden, Mickelson is set to pay a bit more than 61% on his winnings, Packard writes. He might come up with enough expenses, such as his 10% caddy fee, to bring his rate down to 30%.

The U.K.'s tax rules are onerous enough that some athletes avoid the country when they can, Packard writes. Track's Usain Bolt stays away, and Spain's Rafael Nadal ditched a tennis contest at London's Queen's Club and instead signed with a rival tournament in Germany.
BBA

climber
OF
Jul 24, 2013 - 09:14pm PT
Is golf a sport?
Kalimon

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
Jul 24, 2013 - 09:32pm PT
Golf is a game . . . auto racing, bull fighting and mountaineering are sport.
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