Mickelson might be better than ever
The putter seems to be the one club in the bag that can define a round, a tournament, even a career. So difficult is the task of rolling a golf ball into that 4.25-inch diameter that even a player with his own instructional short-game DVD can benefit from the occasional outside guidance.
Phil Mickelson's victory Sunday at the Tour Championship is only the latest example. A putting lesson one week earlier from two-time PGA champion Dave Stockton proved key to Mickelson's three-shot victory over Tiger Woods here at East Lake Golf Club.
Mickelson's triumph will help him end an otherwise difficult season on a high note. Success this year was not measured in trophies but in the breast-cancer treatments for his wife, Amy, and mother, Mary.