A juicy and freewheeling biography of legendary golf champion Phil Mickelson—who has led a giant, controversial life—as reported by longtime Sports activities Illustrated author and bestselling creator Alan Shipnuck.Phil Mickelson is likely one of the most compelling figures in sports activities. For greater than three a long time he has been among the many greatest golfers on this planet, and his unmatched longevity was exemplified on the 2021 PGA Championship, when Mickelson, on the cusp of turning fifty-one, turned the oldest participant in historical past to win a significant championship. On this uncooked, uncensored, and unauthorized biography, Alan Shipnuck captures a singular life outlined by thrilling victories, crushing defeats, and numerous controversies. Mickelson is a multifaceted character, and all his warring impulses are on show in these pages: He’s a smart-ass who constructed an empire on being the consummate skilled; a loving husband dogged by salacious rumors; a high-stakes gambler who is aware of the home at all times wins however can’t tear himself away. Mickelson’s profession and public picture have been outlined by the distinction together with his lifelong rival, Tiger Woods. The place Woods is robotic and reticent, Mickelson is affable and extroverted, an incorrigible showman whom many followers love and a few abhor due to the overwhelming measurement of his persona. Of their early years collectively on Tour, Mickelson lacked Tiger’s laser focus and self-discipline, main Tida Woods to name her son’s rival “the fats boy,” amongst different put-downs. But as Tiger’s profession has been curtailed by scandal, habit, and a damaged physique, Phil sails on, nonetheless related on the golf course and within the market. Phil is the right marriage of topic and creator. Shipnuck has lengthy been often called essentially the most fearless author on the golf beat, and he delivers quite a few revelations, from the true scale of Mickelson’s huge playing losses; to the within story of the acrimonious breakup between Phil and his longtime caddie, Jim “Bones” Mackay; to the secretive backstory of the Saudi golf league that Mickelson championed to wield as leverage towards the PGA Tour. However Phil additionally celebrates Mickelson’s random acts of kindness and generosity of spirit, to which associates and strangers alike can attest. Shipnuck has coated Mickelson for his total profession and has been on the bottom at Mickelson’s most memorable triumphs and crack-ups, permitting him to take readers contained in the ropes with an exhilarating immediacy and intimacy. The result’s the juiciest and liveliest golf ebook in years—filled with coronary heart, humor, and sudden turns.
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