Mickelson denies Tiger down stretch to win Deutsche Bank title
But after dispatching of Woods, Mickelson picked his next battle with PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem. He said he might not play next week outside Chicago at the BMW Championship, saying he owed it to the tour but that Finchem had not fulfilled some requests that Mickelson has made.That, my friends, is Mickelson spitting in Tim Finchem's face.
"My frustration from this past year came from asking for a couple of things in the FedEx Cup that weren't done, and not feeling all that bad now if I happen to miss," he said.
For those not familiar with the history, it goes like this. Both Mickelson and Woods have conducted a work stoppage of sorts over the past few years on the PGA tour. For years now, Woods and Mickelson have been playing the four majors, cherry-picking a handful of other tournaments that match their games well, and then skipping the rest.
You will notice Woods and Mickelson skip regular tournaments on tight short courses that require them to hit a lot of irons, for example, and they pretty much quit playing after August of each year. Skipping these tournaments hurts those sponsors and the tour as a whole, but both Woods and Mickelson have shown over the years that they really don't care about much of anybody but themselves.
It's all about them.
After several years of this, the tournament sponsors threatened to either cut the purses or stop sponsoring events completely. So Finchem reworked the tour to cater to Woods' and Mickelson's schedules in exchange for their commitment to play in more events, especially the FedEx Cup events at the end of the year.
Some of these changes have served to hurt the chances of some of the journeymen players on the tour to keep their tour card, but again Woods and Mickelson seem oblivious to the impact on others.
So now after being catered to, Mickelson stabs Finchem in the back--in public.
Just remember this Phil, what goes around comes around.
I can't wait for the day somebody goes after you in a press conference.