Phil Mickelson has really been tearing it up at the Waste Management Phoenix Open
in Scottsdale this week, and the television coverage certainly reflects that. Record crowds every day have watched his performance through three rounds; it seems he is in a zone. We are used to Phil scattering his drives all over the course and then making amazing second shots. This week everything looks easy. We'll see if by the end of the day he can take home a wire-to-wire win. (Wire-to-wire means that the golfer led the field at the end of all rounds.)
Phil Mickelson autographs a
KPMG hat for a young fan.
Photo credit: Getty
When one of our own
goes on to fame and fortune, we hold onto the glory as long as we can. Here in Arizona, Phil Mickelson is a golf hero. He is viewed as sometimes misunderstood, but always committed to his family first. When Mickelson recently indicated that he wasn't happy with the tax situation in California
where he now resides, people here were quick to invite him back to live in Arizona. Mickelson still has ties to the area, and even has a restaurant named for him
at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale. By the way, Grayhawk is a public golf course
, and, if you can afford it, a great place to play.
In case you are wondering, Mickelson does not have the local Phoenix company, PING, as a sponsor. He's a Callaway man. Like the PING sponsored golfers, though, he does wear four initials on his golf cap or visor, KPMG. People have been asking me what that means. KPMG is a financial firm that dates back to the late 1800s. The initials KPMG represent the surnames of the four men who are considered the founders of the organizations: Klynveld, Peat, Marwick and Goerdeler.