“My parents were hosting Thanksgiving dinner and had told him he couldn’t play golf,” recalled Tina Mickelson-Topacio. “They made him get in the cart, and as they drove home, Phil knew he was in trouble. But he said, ‘Good golfers are a dime a dozen. I’m good now. But if I don’t practice today, there are other people who are practicing. They’re getting better while I’m not.’
“That was his mentality. My parents had a hard time disagreeing with that. It made them look at the situation in a different way.”
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