So Phil Mickleson has entered, and won, his first two Champions Tour events. As the winner of the first two events he’s played on that Tour, Smilin’ Phil has tied a previous record held by Bruce Fleisher (1999) and Jim Furyk (also this year).
But take a look at the stats Hefty has piled up in his six rounds on the Geriatric Tour.
Stroke Average: 65.0. The Mick has shot 61-64-66-68-66-65. Ernie Els is the current leader in stroke average on the Champs Tour, at 68.29 over 34 rounds, and the Tour average is 70.97.
Average Driving Distance: 311.7 yards. John Daly is the stat leader at 298.7 yards, and the Tour as a whole averages 276.0.
Greens in Regulation: 79.63%. Els is the Tour leader at 77.61%, and the Tour is down at 67.81%.
2.85/3.67/4.33. These are his average scores on par 3s, 4s and 5s. The current Senior Tour leaders are Jerry Kelly on par 3s (2.92), Bernhard Langer on par 4s (3.88) and Robert Karlsson on par 5s (4.40).
Driving Accuracy: 56.79%. Furyk’s Tour leading stat of 68.29% is better, as is the Tour average of 70.97%. But Lefty is hitting fairways with more accuracy than he did on the PGA Tour this year (54%), last year (50.77%) or the year before (52.91%).
So the Old Mick is doing quite well for himself playing amidst the Seniors. Pocketing a lot of cash. Could set a few new records. He won something over $300 grand last weekend. To do that on the regular Tour, he would have had to finish in the Top 8.
Where will he play in the future? Hey, those gambling debts don’t pay for themselves, you know.