THE MICKELSON CONTROVERSEY
Welcome to our Golf365 mail box where you can air your veiws. Welcome too to one of those funny weekends when the expected big-name front-runners failed to come through
In the LPGA Tour’s Corona Morelia Championship in Mexico, the odds on and huge home favourite Lorena Ochoa, playing in native Mexico as the World No 1 for the first time, was unexpectedly upstaged by Italy’s first ever winner of an LPGA Tour event, Silvia Cavalleri.
In the US PGA Tour’s EDS Byron Nelson championship in Dallas, Texas, Luke Donald, who had led from round one and was three in front halfway through the final day, was overhauled in the final stretch and beaten by Scott Verplank who believed the late, great fellow Texan, Byron Nelson, had his hand on his shoulder all the way.
And finally in Spain at the Open de Espana, local favourite Carlos Rodeles saw his overnight lead disappear as the 22-year-old South African, Charl Schwartzel, swept past him with a dramatic eagle and charged on to his second Tour victory.
In the meantime, the controversy about Phil Mickelson being allowed to play in the Byron Nelson Championship despite missing the pro-am, continued with Shaun Micheel joining the clamour.
The PGA Tour say that because Mickelson’s jet had been grounded by storms, there were extenuating circumstances for his no show at tee-time, but players like Micheel, who themselves have been disqualified for missing pro-ams, say that is nonsense. Mickelson could have made it if he really wanted to.
What do you think?
Neville Leck, The Editor
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