DETROIT. Reverence for Phil Mickelson did not disappear, it only intensified.
For four days in a row, the largest crowd at the 2021 Rocket Mortgage Classic maneuvered around the pitch to catch a glimpse of the reigning PGA Championship winner. Fans stared at him in between his beats; he answered them with a smile and held up a finger. Red, white, blue and Mickelson were the slogans of the Independence Day finals at the Detroit Golf Club.
“I enjoyed spending time here. The people were amazing and I love to play the old Donald Ross courses, “Mickelson said Sunday after the third round in a row with 72 pairs tied.” We don’t have the opportunity to do this often on the tour because we’re trying to make the courses longer and harder. I just liked the golf course. “
Detroit audiences have witnessed everything but the 51-year-old Hall of Famer’s best golfing experience. He hit the first hole twice, landed in two bunkers and tallied the daunting 6, 10 and 12 spots, finishing last in the standings for most of the final round. The birds on three of the remaining six holes erased the ghost, drawing Mickelson to 74th place, the penultimate place among those who hit the finish line.
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Mickelson finished the tournament by shooting 3 in 288.
With the exception of the first round, Mickelson was unable to hit below par in a tournament that has been underperforming for three years.
It didn’t matter in Detroit, even when Mickelson was losing; he was still winning. Mickelson’s unwavering support will spark the envy of top professional athletes, who often face severe criticism from fans and analysts when they play poorly.
“I didn’t play as well as I wanted, but actually I had a good week of hitting the ball and I had good pluses, although I didn’t score, I didn’t hit very well,” he said.
His Twitter activity sparked more excitement than his posting in the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
“I never realized how influential social media can be, unlike guys like Bubba Watson and Ricky Fowler and guys who have been doing it for a long time,” Mickelson said of his tweets during the tournament. “I’ve always used it for fun, trying to put out little funny clips here and there. When something happened this week, it was nice to have a say. “