Whether or not Phil Mickelson decides to come to the 2022 PGA Championship, the book that helped ignite the controversy surrounding him will be there.
For a limited time, you can be among the first in the world to own a hardcover copy of Phil: The Rip-Roaring (and Unauthorized!) Biography of Golf’s Most Colorful Superstar. Not only that, it will be signed and personalized by author Alan Shipnuck, who will answer your questions about Phil, his life and times and give a reading from the book.
How? Sign up today for the most rip-roaring golf party during next week’s PGA Championship. The Celebration of Oklahoma Golf Party begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday evening May 17 at Cedar Ridge Country Club. that is also the national release date for the book. The party is a fund-raiser for the First Tee of Tulsa, and your entry of $175 covers all food and drink, the book and the chance to hobnob with golf greats past and present, including Oklahoma’s own Talor Gooch of Midwest City and Oklahoma State, currently No. 8 in the FedEx Cup standings.
Also on hand will be Lieutenant Governor Matt Pinnell with State Rep Sheila Dills to explain the new Oklahoma Golf Trail and Oklahoma Day of Golf bills that recently passed the Legislature. Oklahoma Golf Hall of Famer Danny Edwards will be on hand with copies of his new book Driven.
To attend or for more information, email Cedar Ridge membership director Greg Clour right away at firstname.lastname@example.org. Limited spots remain and you can pay by cash or check at the door. See you there!
Here is what they are saying about Phil:
Phil Mickelson is one of the most compelling figures in sports. For more than three decades he has been among the best golfers in the world, and his unmatched longevity was exemplified at the 2021 PGA Championship, when Mickelson, on the cusp of turning fifty-one, became the oldest player in history to win a major championship.
In this raw, uncensored, and unauthorized biography, Alan Shipnuck captures a singular life defined by thrilling victories, crushing defeats, and countless controversies. Mickelson is a multifaceted character, and all his warring impulses are on display in these pages: He is a smart-ass who built an empire on being the consummate professional; a loving husband dogged by salacious rumors; a high-stakes gambler who knows the house always wins but can’t tear himself away.
Mickelson’s career and public image have been defined by the contrast with his lifelong rival, Tiger Woods. Where Woods is robotic and reticent, Mickelson is affable and extroverted, an incorrigible showman whom many fans love and some abhor because of the overwhelming size of his personality. In their early years together on Tour, Mickelson lacked Tiger’s laser focus and discipline, leading Tida Woods to call her son’s rival “the fat boy,” among other put-downs. Yet as Tiger’s career has been curtailed by scandal, addiction, and a broken body, Phil sails on, still relevant on the golf course and in the marketplace.
Phil is the perfect marriage of subject and author. Shipnuck has long been known as the most fearless writer on the golf beat, and he delivers numerous revelations, from the true scale of Mickelson’s massive gambling losses; to the inside story of the acrimonious breakup between Phil and his longtime caddie, Jim “Bones” Mackay; to the secretive backstory of the Saudi golf league that Mickelson championed to wield as leverage against the PGA Tour. But the book also celebrates Mickelson’s random acts of kindness and generosity of spirit, to which friends and strangers alike can attest. Shipnuck has covered Mickelson for his entire career and has been on the ground at Mickelson’s most memorable triumphs and crack-ups, allowing him to take readers inside the ropes with a thrilling immediacy and intimacy. The result is the juiciest and liveliest golf book in years—full of heart, humor, and unexpected turns.