As Phil Mickelson continues to “evaluate” his performance and future on the PGA Tour, the talk is already turning to his possible future in golf broadcasting.
Last August, Mickelson made a cameo in the CBS booth as a guest analyst, joining Jim Nance and current analyst Sir Nick Faldo.
Lefty was cool and comfortable in the booth and his performance was dominant, something that perhaps should be of concern to Sir Nick, if Mickelson decides to seriously pursue a television gig.
His agent and business partner, Steve Loy, confirmed that’s something they’ve been discussing.
“Absolutely, we’re always in discussions about Phil’s future,” Loy said when asked. “It wouldn’t surprise me if in the next 12 to 24 months you might see more of Phil on the air.”
One network insider who preferred to remain anonymous, was totally bullish on Mickelson’s broadcast future.
“Phil would be the great catch of all golf analysts. He’s the guy all the networks want,” the source said.
Only question is where Mickelson would go. Fox is no longer in the golf business, and while ESPN is expanding its golf efforts, thus far that’s mostly relegated to the digital side. The new PGA Tour rights kick in next year, with CBS and NBC essentially carrying everything aside from a few days per year on ESPN at the Masters and PGA Championship. CBS also has a lead analyst in Faldo, while NBC has Paul Azinger.
Mickelson would presumably be more expensive than anyone currently working in a broadcast booth, until Jim Nantz lands his next deal. From a viewers perspective, Mickelson would be a clear upgrade over both Faldo and Azinger.
Word is now getting out now that Phil is interested and has a timeline that allows networks to evaluate their options and maybe plan for a potential change. In the meantime, Mickelson hawks a number of products for various companies. He’s still playing on the regular PGA Tour but might make more appearances this season on the Champions Tour, where he has been in only two events and won both.
Will we see Mickelson in the booth at some point in time?
The answer is probably yes. It’s too good of a fit for Lefty.
Coletta, Cunningham Shoot 63s at LECOM Suncoast Classic:
The Korn-Ferry Tour is back in action, finally, after a near three-month layoff and scores were low on Thursday at the LECOM Suncoast Classic.
Aussie Brett Coletta and American George Cunningham opened with eight-under par 63s at Lakewood Ranch. Canadian Albin Choi had one-hole to play when darkness suspended round one late Thursday.
Choi was eight-under and could join the leaders with a closing par of take the solo lead with birdie.
Rain is in the picture for Friday’s second round with cool temperatures ahead for the weekend.