Golf's bountiful charms include its abiding bizarreness, spanning six centuries and finding fresh light over the weekend, dude, at a rowdy course in Arizona.
There, this familiar game long since passed off as normal behavior ran across the following narrative:
Technicians at Callaway had toiled to revolutionize a driver, which does paint a picture of glorious golf geeks, sleepless and hunched over computer diagrams. Last Tuesday, their newly forged RAZR Fit Xtreme found its way to the hands of 42-year-old Phil Mickelson who, when it comes to club advancements, has seen his share plus somebody else's. Mickelson hit it and "saw an immediate difference."
Boom. Mickelson lurched a lip-out from a 59 on Thursday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, an event that doubles as a cocktail party (not that there's anything wrong with that). He rested a shot from the PGA Tour 36-hole record after Friday. He persisted at a shot from the 54-hole record after Saturday. He won on Sunday with the obscene score of 28-under par. He made 29 birdies and one eagle, led the field in -- no, really -- greens in regulation.
And we all started envisioning Augusta, with excitement and pine trees.