A few weeks ago, Sergio Garcia won the HSBC Champions, and in addition to a humongous trophy, he also moved to No. 2 in the world rankings, bumping longtime Tiger Woods bridesmaid Phil Mickelson to third. Not all that surprising, really; Garcia ended the year strong and Philbert struggled with his putting for most of 2008.
In fact, Garcia was more interested in talking about winning his first major and then supplanting Woods as the galaxy's best golfer, than discussing the implications of replacing Mickelson. And that makes sense. Well, unless you're Lefty. When asked last week if Garcia deserved to be the world's No. 2, Phil offered this:
"I won't answer that directly," Mickelson said. "But I think that he's played some wonderful golf this year. I haven't played to the level that I want as far as wins. I'll be looking to improve on that." Mickelson then was asked if a player with no majors deserves to be No. 2, and this was far easier to answer.
"I think for a long time, I had no majors," Mickelson said.
Phil Mickelson on if Sergio Deserves No. 2 World Ranking: 'I Won't Answer That Directly' originally appeared on Golf FanHouse on Fri, 28 Nov 2008 12:15:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.