Well said, DonnaKay. Surely we can all recall all the cruel and unkind things that were and are said about Tiger. Phil is not too high on my list of favorites, but he is still a human being. I have read lots of those "kind" remarks concerning Phil and his condition as well as other things going on his life. Believe me, with friends like that, who would need enemies!!!
I don't think Tiger has those thoughts concerning Phil. As much as Tiger loves to win, he prefers good competition more. If we must feel displeasure toward Phil, is it necessary to say it aloud? Show a little compassion. One day that shoe may be on our foot. Remember we reap what we sow. Not in the same way, but it will come back to bite us.
"There's nobody in the game who has benefited more from Tiger than
myself," Mickelson said. "He drove the purses up. He drove up the TV
ratings. He increased the marketing expectations. He raised endorsement
values. Nobody has been able to capitalize from that as much as I have,
so I will always be appreciative for what he has done for me, my family,
the game of golf." Not a whole lot of gray area there, is there?
And because every great golfer
needs another golfer as a foil, Mickelson understands that Woods'
greatness had significance for him: "Tiger brought out my best game. He
drove me to practice harder and work harder…Having that opponent driving
and pushing you to get better is what helps people achieve higher
levels of performance."
After reading that interview, I softened my criticism of Phil. And, after seeing his Open interview, I see that he is indeed ill.
Here's the link: www.sports.yahoo.com/golf/blog/devil_ball_golf/post/phil-mickelson-no-one-benefited-from-tiger-more-than-me?urn=golf,wp4081