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Phil's Message From Pebble

Phil Mickelson on suicide watch after Winged Foot? A has-been after missing the cut at Phoenix? Yeah, right. Here's what Lefty might've told Tiger about that -- and more -- on the way home from his five-shot win at Pebble Beach

Posted: Tuesday February 13, 2007 11:54AM; Updated: Tuesday February 13, 2007 11:54AM
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Mickelson won for the 30th time on Tour, with a tournament-record-tying score of 20 under.
Mickelson won for the 30th time on Tour, with a tournament-record-tying score of 20 under.
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Hey, Tiger. It's Phil. You're not using caller ID, are you? Joking, joking. I'll bet you're in the Jacuz after a long hard day on the slopes. Been there, man. Enjoy! I don't know if you check your messages, but I'll leave you a short one, just in case.

Anyway, Amy and I are really psyched for you guys and wanted to send you our congrats on the baby and everything. I haven't seen you since, what, champions dinner last year at Augusta? I'm not counting the Ryder Cup. That week was a blur. Hey, I'll make sure there's a nice juicy steak for you at the dinner this year, but there will be plenty of Italian, too. Love that tradition there.

Been watching old Masters broadcasts on Golf Channel, Arnold and Jack trading off every year, everybody looking as if they were having a ball. How come nobody throws their visor anymore? Hold on a sec ... Amy sends her best to you, Elin and the baby. Hey, Amy -- don't get any crazy ideas.

We're just flying home from Pebble. Golf course to wheels up in 23 minutes. New record for us, and that's with the three kids. Nothing like flying along the California coast in your own plane. You know about that, right?

I can see the 16th at Cypress right now, waves crashing all around it. Gotta love golf in a sea spray, right? Played there the other day with Chuck Schwab, our pre-AT&T game. There's not a course I enjoy more. I just wish it were still in the rotation. Can you imagine Arnold and Jack and Bing Crosby and Bob Hope playing in the Clambake every year? They were icons. I was looking at the pictures. Good times.

I know you don't like the Pebble greens for the AT&T, but they were the best they've been in 15 years. Yeah, they're a little bumpy and slow, but I actually like it. It means you've got to win with your ball striking and driving.

Hey, Tiger -- sorry to do this. I got another call coming in, and I gotta take it. There's something I want to ask you. I'll call you right back.

Sorry about that. It was my club guy at Callaway. This guy's the best. I mean, I'm sure your Nike guy is very good, but this guy.... Don't want to go down that road again! Anyway, he asks me if I want to tweak anything for this week in L.A. I'm like, "I just had the best driving week of my life, but I love how you're thinking." I don't know if I'm even gonna need the two drivers again this year at Augusta. Driving it just feels so easy right now. I've got a sort of stinger shot with my driver now. It's low, straight and pretty darn long. The wind doesn't move it. It's gonna be perfect for Carnoustie. Hey, are you gonna be able to make the British Open with the baby and everything? I'm treating Riviera this week like it's Oakmont, U.S. Open week. I thought you might play this week, too, but I know you've got a lot going on, painting the baby's room and all that. Kids are a blast, though.


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