In defense of Phil Mickelson 

June, 21, 2006
Please allow me to be the first to take this angle on Phil Mickelson's handling of the U.S. Open's 72nd hole: I'm defending his actions.

The consensus, from caddie to club members and, of course, the man responsible for the swing, is that he had no other club in his bag besides a driver to hit off the tee. And nobody seemed to complain when ol' successful Lefty lashed away with the driver during the first three rounds. So that toasts the French jokes and Jean Van de Velde comparison.

John Anderson

SportsCenter anchor
John Anderson joined ESPN in June 1999 as an ESPNEWS anchor and now anchors SportsCenter. Prior to ESPN, Anderson was a weekend sports anchor/reporter in Phoenix, Ariz. and Tulsa, Okla. Anderson, a native of Green Bay, Wis., won the Outstanding Sports Feature Reporting Award in 1994 and 1995; in 1997, he received the Associated Press Television Award in Arizona for outstanding performance in broadcast journalism. In 2003, he co-wrote a book with golfer Chi Chi Rodriguez, "Chi Chi's Golf Games You Gotta Play."