No, this isn't a story about Phil being such a nice guy. I'm actually one of those guys that has never been in Phil's camp, no matter if I stand to the right of the golf ball when I swing. His persona never really clicked with me and I could never get totally behind him.
But it's being out here, watching the mechanics of Mickelson that makes you appreciate what he does do for the PGA Tour.
On the golf course, Phil was fantastic. He started with a bogey, ended with a bogey, but in-between made six birdies and finished with a 4-under 67, his best opening round at this event since 2000.
But he leaves the golf course, and goes through his Phil routine. Smile at the fans, tip the cap, head to sign the card, chat a little with the media, and then off to abuse the most used tool in his bag; the Sharpie.
Phil signs and signs and signs autographs. The crowds love him so much they are pushing each other to get his name across whatever they brought to TPC Scottsdale.
From a non-Phil guy, you can't help but stand in awe. The guy has been doing this same routine for decades, and no matter what he is behind the scenes, the guy is a professional at being a professional.
A few of the young guys could use a Phil lesson or two in that department.
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