SBD/Issue 238/Sports Media

Blog Hound: Mickelson Skips Out On BWM Championship

FedEx Cup points leader Phil Mickelson, after beating Tiger Woods at the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday, withdrew from this week's BMW Championship after criticizing PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem for not taking unspecified suggestions regarding the Cup.

Sports Agent Blog
Posted by: Jason G. Wulterkens
“Now that he has gone mano-a-mano with Woods and finally lived to tell about it, perhaps Mickelson feels he deserves the same kind of deference from Finchem that Woods habitually receives by default.”
Waggle Room
Posted by: courtgolf
“Make your suggestions in private or to the players committee.  The media is the cowards way out and this behavior is nothing BUT childish petulance.”
Jammie Wearing Fool
Posted by: 3 wood
“Skipping these tournaments hurts those sponsors and the tour as a whole, but both Woods and Mickelson have shown over the years that they really don't care about much of anybody but themselves.”
Golf Talk
Posted by: Bruno Chu
“Are you taking the week off to show up Finchem? Or do you really need to be with your family? You can’t have it both ways.”
Gamblers Palace
Posted by: mikegp
“For the ones of us that know how tough East Lake is for the Tour Championship I think that we can’t really blame him for wanting to rest a little."

BUILDING THE BUZZ: Sports Media Challenge's Sports Blog Index analyzed the buzz surrounding Mickelson missing the BMW Championship. Most bloggers feel that Mickelson missing the BMW Championship and his recent comments about the Fed Ex Cup, has hurt the success and credibility of Golf’s first playoff race. Click here for more information.Visit for more information.

  • The topic measured 3 out of 10 on The Buzz, indicating a low level of interest. 
  • Negative Exposure/sentiment stems from bloggers who feel that Mickelson and other golfers missing the “playoff” tournaments are hurting the credibility of the Fed Ex Cup. Bloggers are also critical that the Fed Ex Cup’s point system allows the top players to miss these “playoff” tournaments and still have a chance to compete for the top honors.
  • Positive Exposure/sentiment stems from bloggers who feel that Mickelson is honorable in standing up for what he believes is a faulty system. Bloggers also feel that the absence of the top golfers doesn’t hurt the Fed-Ex cup.

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