Written on April 6, 2012 at 6:46 pm , by Karla Walsh
PGA golf pro Tina Mickelson (yes, she’s related to Phil—they’re siblings!) has never known life without golf. “I started playing when I was 18 months old, so needless to say, I don’t remember ever not playing the game,” Mickelson says. “My dad was and is an avid golfer so he was excited to share his passion with all of his kids.”
Her dad shared his knowledge and love of the game with his family, and now Mickelson, an ambassador for Callaway Golf, is passing along her intel as the competition at the Masters heats up.
Who do you see as the front-runners this year in the PGA and LPGA and why?
It’s always tough to pick specific front-runners, but I always enjoy watching the newer and younger players because they bring a sense of freshness, excitement and a sense of fearlessness to the game. I like paying close attention to them when they start out and watch how they grow and mature over the years.
With the Masters going on this weekend, whom should we look out for and what do we need to know to enjoy the tournament?
Course knowledge and experience are critical to playing well. Television does not do that golf course justice—there are so many more undulations and nuances to the course than you can see on TV. Very rarely do you have an even lie in the fairway; it’s either an uphill, downhill or sidehill lie. And you can’t always see all different and subtle breaks on the greens so reading your putts can be challenging. The wind can also be quite a factor. There is so much more to each shot than meets the eye.
For Mickelson’s advice for new golfers and more scoop about the wellness benefits of the sport, keep reading.