By John Strege
Have you ever wondered what an elite tour player's handicap index might be? Phil Mickelson, a member at Whisper Rock Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., is playing to a +5.2, according to the USGA's Golf Handicap and Information Network (ghin.com).
Mickelson, who designed the Lower Course at Whisper Rock, is one of several tour players who are members there, and their PGA Tour scores are posted.
The screenshot here shows every score that Mickelson has recorded on the PGA Tour back to the Northern Trust Open with the exception of the Masters. On Feb. 1, Mickelson's handicap was +7.2. It has fallen, because he broke 70 in only eight of 20 rounds, with a low of 67. The 79 he shot came in the second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, where he missed the cut.
Whisper Rock's membership rolls also include Aaron Baddeley (+4.4, down from +6.2); Martin Kaymer (+4.6, down from +5.8); Kevin Streelman (+5.3, down from +6.2); Paul Casey (+3.9, down from +4.6); Billy Mayfair (+3.7, down from +5.2); Chez Reavie (+4.5 from +5.4); and Geoff Ogilvy (+4.2 from +6.2).
Mickelson's brother Tim, the golf coach at Arizona State, also is a member there and carries a handicap of +3.7, down from +4.4. Phil's caddie Jim Mackay, better known as Bones, also is a member and has a handicap of 3.1, down from 1.9.