A Look At Phil Mickelson’s ‘Busy’ Unauthorized Biography

If Phil Mickelson is Hamlet in Shakespeare’s Tragedy, his monologues, “To be or not to be,” may be changed to this question: to LIV (join the Saudi Golf League) or not to LIV.

On May 17, a copy of “Phil – the Rip-Roaring (and Unauthorized) Autobiography of Golf’s Most Colorful Star” by Alan Shipnuck was delivered. I totally devoured it on the same day. Here is my reaction to this unauthorized biography that sparked all the talk about Mickelson, Saudi Arabia and Gulf/golf money and the future legacy of an elite PGA Hall of Fame member in golf.

First, I have an affinity for reading golf-oriented material since writing about golf has been my passion at The Times for the past 44 years. What caught my attention throughout the book’s nineteen chapters were the colorful tales of Mickelson’s professional golfers, non-golfers and friends and contemporaries.

This story is very typical. It’s about his basketball buddy Charles Barkley and flying, “Phil was always trying to get me to fly with him,” says Barkley. “There’s no way he’s ‘expletive’ dude. I thought his full confidence was funny. He was like, ‘C’ man, I’m a good pilot.” No, you’re a great golfer. There is a difference. I am a firm believer that you are only good at one thing in life. You don’t see any United Airlines pilots on the PGA Tour, do you? I finished my case. But Phil argued this point all day long.”

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