Welcome back to the 25th edition of Cambodia Golf Today, the leading golf magazine in the Kingdom of Cambodia.
Though it feels like it hasn’t been that long, we are just only weeks away from entering 2019. Many things have happened throughout this year, from Patrick Reed winning the Masters to Tiger Woods ending the season with his 80th PGA Tour victory and first win in over five years and to the showcase of dominance the Europeans put on display at the Ryder Cup. As such, we will be taking a look back at some of the best moments of 2018.
If you haven’t been living under a rock these past few weeks, we’re sure that you’ve heard about “The Match” as two of the greatest golfers of all-time in Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson faced off against each other in a one-on-one match on the Friday after Thanksgiving. It sounds great on paper, but there was a lot left to be desired. It was a close game throughout as the lead never extended past more than one up at any point and it took four extra holes for Lefty to finally win the match and the $9 million. The reason why it was a close match was because both guys didn’t play as well as they could have. “This is some crappy golf,” as said by NBA legend Charles Barkley, perfectly summed up the action on the first-nine. The idea to mic’d up the two players seemed like a good one at first, until we hear a lot of huffing-and-puffing from Phil Mickelson and not much trash-talk from either guys. The side bets that everyone was excited to see were severely lacking. Nevertheless, the one thing that it did well was creating a lot of attention. If done properly, we believe that it is a good concept that can generate more interest to the sport of golf.
Phil Mickelson also reached an absurd milestone in his long and decorated career, shortly after he defeated his longtime rival Tiger Woods. Lefty has now spent 25 consecutive years in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking. After entering the rankings for the first in 1988, Mickelson began his run in the top 50 five years later on November 28, 1993 and the rest was history. This is something that will probably never be replicated again, or at least not for a very very long time.
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