124th U.S. Open

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The Loop

Phil's take on the FedEx Cup

September 29, 2009

When Phil Mickelson cracked to Mark Rolfing of NBC Sunday that he won the tournament but Tiger Woods was getting the $10 million ("I was two back of him, I beat him by three. He gets the $10 million check, and I get $1 million.")We thought many of you would comment. We got a couple of letters. Here's one:


Dear Editor,>

Was it just me, or did Tour Championship winner Phil Mickelson's "joke" about the Fedex Cup point system--coupled with his vagueness about participating in the playoffs next year--seem the tiniest bit ungracious? I mean, after not doing much in this year's playoffs prior to Sunday, he did grab an extra $3 million in one day.


Jim DelGiudice

Convent Station, NJ

We talked to Rolfing about it today. He was taken aback, too, he said, though he still believes his question--how Phil felt to win but not to win, as it were--was legitimate. Personally, I think that answer was Phil being Phil, trying to be funny and edgy. It is hard for me to believe he's not grateful for the purse--or the win.

--Bob Carney