Left field

The Reuters global sports blog

Lefty’s golden opportunity


Having been overshadowed by Tiger Woods for most of his career, Phil Mickelson appears to have a golden opportunity to grab his share of the limelight this year.

All the early signs are pointing toward a season to remember for the American left-hander who is one of the most thrilling and gifted shot-makers to have played the game.

Before the start of the 2009 PGA Tour, Mickelson had surprisingly failed to accomplish two benchmarks already achieved by three of his perennial rivals in golf elite events. Tiger Woods reacts to his drive from the second tee during the second round of the U.S. Open golf championship at Torrey Pines in San Diego

While Woods, South African Ernie Els and Fijian Vijay Singh had each become world number one and triumphed in at least one World Golf Championships (WGC) event, Mickelson had repeatedly come up empty.