Phil Mickelson has finally joined the fitness craze on the PGA
Tour, only don't expect him to look like Charles Atlas by the end
of the year.
"I will always have fat on me," Mickelson said at the
Phoenix Open, where his comments sounded more like a physiology
"I've got subcutaneous fat. There's nothing I can do. It lies
underneath the skin, as opposed to underneath the muscle. And as
long as I feel better and get stronger, then I can't really worry
about body fat."
The fitness has more to do with his swing.
Mickelson figures he needs to get stronger to take advantage of
the new equipment in his bag -- the Titleist 983K driver and the
Pro V1x ball designed for higher swing speeds.
He has a personal trainer who also dabbles in the martial arts.
Mickelson is working with a medicine ball to improve speed and a
physioball to improve strength.
"I haven't missed a day," he said.
He started working out late last year and noticed a difference.
He said his personal trainer, Sean Cochran, will accompany him to
"I haven't been able to lose a pound, but I've been taking
a lot of supplements," Mickelson said. "Actually, I've
been trying to put on a little weight before I take it off -- build
up more muscle mass, then it burns more calories."
Translation: He wants to get stronger and quicker, which will allow
him to hit the ball farther and have more control with his irons.
"I've always felt like I've had a high level of commitment
to playing well," he said. "Only this year, I've committed
to a couple of areas that I think I'll have a better overall quality
of life, as well as performance on the Tour."
He started with a tie for ninth in the Phoenix Open. Mickelson
is the defending champion at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic this
week, then plans to play the next two events.
WHAT'S COOKING: Annika Sörenstam sometimes put in about 36
hours a week on the LPGA Tour and often earned more than $200,000.
Moonlighting as a chef took just as much work, without the windfall.
She reported for duty three days a week at Lake Nona Golf Club
from noon to 8 p.m., and it certainly wasn't for the pay.
"I haven't seen a check yet," she said.
Passion comes with a price. Sörenstam loves cooking and wanted
to pursue it during the offseason by working in the kitchen at her
club in Orlando, Fla.
"I thought I'd have to do dishes or maybe peel carrots,"
she said. "The first day I got in, the chef gave me a recipe
for crab cakes and said, 'I need 400.' It took me four hours by
the time I made one and put it in the oven."
She added grilled steak, coconut shrimp, cheesecake and sauteed
vegetables to her repertoire by the end of her stint and even worked
"I was more tired doing that than after a golf Tournament,"
SENIOR LEADERSHIP: The Champions Tour already has a new name, a
new TV package and new fan-friendly initiatives. Now, the 50-and-over
circuit has a new leader.
Rick George, Tournament director at the HP Classic of New Orleans
on the PGA Tour, has been appointed president of the Champions Tour.
He will be responsible for all aspects of the Tour, from Tournament
operations to player relations to title sponsors. George will start
his new job after the New Orleans Tournament, where he earned a
good reputation with the players.
"It was viewed to be the right time in that Tour's development
for it to have someone to take the role as president," PGA
Tour spokesman Bob Combs said.
Along with George's appointment, the Champions Tour has extended
its agreement with The Golf Channel through 2008.
ON THE MEND: Jerry Kelly needed surgery in each of his first three
years as a pro, but his scariest health problem came last year after
he won the Western Open for his second victory of the season.
He was so dehydrated that Kelly didn't even recognize the symptoms,
and it took him four months to fully recover.
"Sunday at the Western, my blue shirt was totally white,"
he said. "I totally depleted myself of everything I had in
me. And what did I do Sunday night? I drank alcohol. What did I
do Monday night? I drank alcohol.
"My brain was cramping, and I didn't notice the signs."
Had he known he was severely dehydrated, Kelly could have taken
some IVs and been cured within a few days. Instead, he suffered
at Milwaukee and the British Open, where players don't have as much
access to bottled water.
"I was closer to death than I'd like to know," he said.
He finally replenished his electrolytes but had another scare at
Kingsmill when his face started to twitch.
Now he drinks fluids filled with vitamins and electrolytes, even
in cool weather because he is susceptible to dehydration.
"That's something I can't mess with," he said.
DIVOTS: Jack Nicklaus has signed an endorsement deal with the Royal
Bank of Scotland, the first non-golf brand to appear on his bag.
... More evidence that the PGA Tour ultimately comes down to a putting
contest: In winning the Phoenix Open, Vijay Singh made 60 out of
62 putts inside 7 feet, and 68 of 81 inside 15 feet. .... Renton
Laidlaw of Scotland, television's voice of the European Tour, has
won the 2003 PGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism. Laidlaw
is the first European-born winner. ... Foreign-born players have
won the last five PGA Tour events, which Tour officials believe
is the longest streak ever.
STAT OF THE WEEK: Stuart Appleby finished sixth in the Sony Open
, the only Tournament he has played this year. He leads the PGA
Tour in adjusted scoring average (67.48) over Ernie Els , who has
won both his Tournaments in a combined 47 under par.
FINAL WORD: "I played in the pro-am and you had to use each
amateur's tee shot twice. We never came close to using my tee shot."
- Jack Nicklaus, on the state of his game at the end of last year.
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