Having made his point, Mickelson may elect to put his Eye2 back in the garage, and the Tour can force his hand by enacting a local rule banning the clubs, though Ping CEO John Solheim has already predicted that would be a messy battle. But make no mistake, the hullabaloo at Torrey was as much about Phil as it was about microscopic groove geometry. After all, no one excoriated the likes of Mahan, who was also brandishing Eye2s. Mickelson has always been a lightning rod. Until Tiger comes out of hiding, Phil is the PGA Tour's biggest personality and most important player. His eventful week was a rude reminder that life at the top won't be easy.
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