Watching Phil in a major tournament is as close to being on a roller coaster ride at the Amusement Park as you can get. You start off on an uphill climb – pushing and pushing your way to the top sometimes with a little bump to make you pay attention (Round 1 – 14 pars then the 4 bogies) but it’s ok because you’re going back on it tomorrow.
On the 2nd day, the sweet feel of the first drop (5 sweet birdies on the first 8 holes of Round 2) gives you hope. With a tiny little bump and a straight track to the end (1 birdie and 8 pars on the back nine), you anticipate your third ride. You once again are pulled in that uphill struggle (2 bogeys on the opening 2 holes of Round 3), then finishing up with tiny glimmer of hope - a dip, a hill, another slight dip, a little hill, mellowing out with a small dip (3 birdies, 2 bogeys and a double bogey) to finish out the day. And then you realize, there’s still one last chance!
On the last day, the anticipation is killing you and you can’t wait to run and get back on the ride for the last time of the weekend. Your heart is pumping and the first sweet dip is done (Round 4 birdie on the first), then suddenly the ride is just mellowing out, and you have some twists and turns (wayward shots, bunkers and even a backwards club hit) until you feel that the ride today is not going to turn out the way you expected. But you stay true to it, because you know that soon that day will come again when the ride makes your heart pump and the adrenaline flow, it could again be that Magical Sunday we, his fans, continue to hope he achieves!
We’ll see you again soon, Phil, at St. Andrews – we’ll have our "E" tickets ready!