The Matchup: It was a landslide victory in the first round for No. 1-seed Phil Mickelson over Briann January and the 4th-seeded Rick Monday won the 4-5 matchup against Willie Bloomquist in the first round. But which of these two lefties has the edge in the sweet sixteen?
No. 1 Phil Mickelson
Career-Defining Moment: While Mickelson has had several, by far the most defining moment is the one that introduced him to the world. For Phil, he gained national recognition before he went professional. It isn’t common for a golfer to be named National Collegiate Golfer of the year three times in a row. Only Mickelson and Ben Crenshaw have won it three times. Additionally, Mickelson didn’t win his first major until 13 years into his professional career. Now he is a World Golf Hall of Famer.
Where is he now: Unless you were under a rock during the U.S. Open, everyone has heard what happened to ‘Lefty’. On the 13th hole, Mickelson had a putt the traveled further than he wanted and in response the ball continuing to roll, he hit the ball in motion as it was falling off the green to get better leverage. He was given a two stroke penalty. He later apologized for his action but he received great criticism for he actions.
|Three-time Haskins Award winner|
|Three-time NCAA champion|
|2012 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee|
|9th-most PGA Tour victories (43)|
|Three time Master's winner - 2004, 2006, 2010|
|PGA Championship winner - 2005|
|The Open Championship winner - 2013|
No. 4 Rick Monday
Career-Defining Moment: Anyone and everyone who knows the name Rick Monday knows that he is the man who saved the American flag. Though his ASU baseball career and his professional career were great, the one that defined his career was the great play where he grabbed the American flag out from under protesters who were planning to set it on fire.
Where is he now: Monday is in his 26th-season with the Dodgers broadcast team. It is also his 34th-year with the Dodgers as both a player and broadcaster. The team still honors and remembers his great play to this day.
|1965 national champions|
|1965 National Player of the Year|
|.359 BA in 1965|
|Drafted No. 1 overall by the Kansas City Athletics in 1965|
|1981 World Series champion with Dodgers|
|.264 career average|
|241 home runs|
|19 seasons with three teams|