The book “Phil: The Rip-Roaring (and Unauthorized!) Biography of Golf’s Most Colorful Superstar,” brings us interesting details that surprised all golf fans. Author Alan Shipnuck in one part of the book, quotes Barkley who spoke about Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods and the differences between them: “One of the reasons Phil has lasted so long is because he’s had a joyful life.
Tiger won a bunch of tournaments, but there wasn’t much joy in it”. Barkley also said, “Sure, Tiger is a better golfer. You’re just in awe of his talent. But it’s not fun to be around him. Everyone in his world is uptight and sh-t, afraid to say or do the wrong thing.
Mickelson seems to be a very positive person whose company everyone enjoys. It was his positivity and optimism that led him to the very top of this sport. “Tiger himself has always acted like he’s under siege. Gimme a f–kin’ break — you’re just a golfer, dude.
When you’re with Phil, you’re guaranteed to have fun. He makes people feel good. Everyone around him is always smiling. That’s a huge difference, man”.
Barkley on his friendship with Woods
Barkley was good friends with Tiger Woods, but after the 2009 accident they never heard from each other again, which seemed to frustrate Barkley quite a bit.
“To this day, I don’t have any idea what happened,” Barkley said. “After that … thing, he just stopped talking to us. That’s all I know. “I could understand if he was trying to get back with his wife at the time and she said, ‘Hey, get rid of all your old friends,’ and he called and said, ‘This is the situation.’ I would’ve understood that. But I just wish he would have been man enough to call and say that. To just disappear totally was disappointing”.