Originally Posted by Hoosier Red
When you have 36 titles to your name, I'm not sure you care what people think of you. And if you do, you can dry your tears on the giant oversized checks.
... and that's the whole thing with Phil. He wants people to think he doesn't care about what they say, but the fact of the matter is he does. Thankfully he has a couple of Majors, or else we'd see more of these "Tiger's not playing yet, gotta fill print somehow" fluff pieces concerning Mickelson.
I've said it before, but my frustration with Mickelson is that golf to him is just a job and a paycheck. To his credit, he's good at what he does, for the most part. I'm sure he's got plenty of coin stashed away to support his ever growing family (seriously Phil, how many kids do you and Amy need?), and maybe once he's 50 and bored he'll play a couple Champions Tour events, but I just don't see passion in Phil, and as someone still with ties to the industry that frustrates me to no end.
Phil, to me, is an enigma. Not as much talent as Tiger, but probably the most talented on Tour not named Eldrick. But it's like he just doesn't care. It's like he's just out there to plod home and cash a check. 1st place money doesn't care to him, b/c he's still going to make a good living finishing 10th.
Hopefully him not completely joking on Sunday and winning at Riviera lights a fire under him, and Tiger won't simply return to the Tour and dominate. I'd love to see their rivalry emerge.