Phil Mickelson tied for 21st over the weekend at the CareerBuilder Challenge, his first event after missing three months because of two sports-hernia surgeries. Was that respectable effort a sign Lefty can return to the win column for the first time since 2013? And speaking of multiple-major winners on the comeback trail, what should we expect from Tiger Woods at this week's Farmers Insurance Open? Our panel chimes in on those questions and more in this week's edition of Monday Four-Ball. Will Phil Mickelson win this year, and why or why not? ESPN SportsCenter anchor Jonathan Coachman: Mickelson will not win this year. I just don't believe he can put together four great rounds. This really has
The naysayers insist the sport must be in its death throes because participation is down, more golf courses are closing than opening, Golfsmith filed for bankruptcy and Nike stopped making clubs. The reality is that the good in the game right now far outweighs the negatives, which is why – during the week of a PGA Merchandise Show that draws more than 1,000 passionate exhibitors to Orlando – we should be bullish on golf in 2017. No, there aren’t as many rounds being played as during the sport’s zenith – when Tiger Woods was at his prime, the economy was strong and new courses were popping up like mushrooms. The new courses that are debuting give proof to the maxim, “If you build it, they will come,” with gems like glorious Cabot Cliffs in Nova Scotia, the trend-setting reversible Loop at Forest Dunes in Michigan and the magnificent Mossy Oak in Mississippi.
VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — Rory McIlroy will miss the Dubai Desert Classic next week to keep recovering from a stress fracture of a rib. The European Tour tweeted the confirmation on Monday. McIlroy revealed a week ago that he injured himself, aggravating the rib while finishing runner-up at the SA Open in Gauteng. Rib stress fractures generally take six weeks to heal. He already missed the Abu Dhabi Championship last week. McIlroy won the Dubai Desert Classic in 2009 and 2015.