Phil Mickelson, The Good Husband

Remember what I said in an earlier post about this being the year that the good guy wins?  Well, the good guy won.  Yesterday, Phil Mickelson donned another green jacket after winning his third Masters, putting him just one win behind Tiger.

For the past few months, all we’ve heard about is Tiger Wood’s shenanigans and fall from grace.  We’ve sat and listened to the reports of strippers and other various women of ill repute telling of Tiger’s skanky history.  His wife and children have been forced into seclusion partly by shame and partly by the press hounds. She was nowhere to be found when Tiger made his lame public apologies and strutted back into the game of golf yesterday.  And who can blame her?! 

What a drastic and refreshing change of scenery to watch as Phil Mickelson gently and lovingly embraced his wife, Amy…who was diagnosed with breast cancer a year ago.  Phil’s mother was also diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after Amy, proving a hard year for the entire family.  Due to aggressive and debilitating treatment, Amy had been unable to attend any of Phil’s games in the past year.  At the start of the Masters, it was learned that Amy was in Augusta, resting in a rented house, too weak to actually attend.

I’m not gonna lie.  I cried like a school-girl with a skinned knee when I saw “The Hug”.  In the middle of hundreds of people, Phil and Amy Mickelson seemed to tune it all out and bless the world with a display of genuine marital love and affection.   

Meanwhile, a pouting Tiger was leaning against a Chevrolet SUV, removing his shoes…surrounded by his agent, Mark Steinberg, publicist Glenn Greenspan and a security detail.  No adoring fans.  No admirers.  No autograph seekers. 

Tiger has boasted that he’s recently returned to his Buddhist roots, trying to find solace and redemption.  One of the major laws associated with Buddhism is the Law of Karma.  Karma doesn’t hear apologies then grant you a free pass and victory.  Karma is the consequence of your action.  Even the Bible speaks of this in Galatians 6:7:

“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”

Tiger has some serious Karmic debt to repay…..while Phil Mickelson reaps the rewards of the same Law.  Tiger didn’t get the short end of the stick.  He made some ignorant choices that will impact his life for the REST of his life.  I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Tiger Wood’s woes and bad luck. 

And I certainly hope we haven’t seen the last of  Phil and Amy Mickelson and their devotedness to each other and their family.  To quote a CNN correspondent….

“The good husband finally won.”


One Response

  1. This is a great post. The story is a far cry from Tiger and John Edwards and it refreshing to see the good guy win. If Tiger is sincere in his “change of ways” he will eventually regain much of his popularity, but I hope it doesn’t come easily. I love your blog. Keep up the good work.

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