Phil Mickelson could be USA vice-captain
“Phil Mickelson among possible vice-captains of the United States in Rome? I don’t want to rule him out” Zach Johnson, United States captain at the 2023 Ryder Cup, at the toughest moment in Mickelson’s career, gives a helping hand to his friend and colleague.
Mickelson, 51, from San Diego, California, has found himself at the center of controversy in recent weeks for his virulent statements about the PGA Tour and Saudi Arabia. Strong sentences, which cost “Lefty” first the abandonment by many of its sponsors then the choice of the PGA Tour to withdraw the role of ambassador from The American Express, tournament of the top American circuit.
Phil Mickelson, Ryder Cup
Yet Johnson (who has already named Steve Stricker among his assistants) decided not to close the door. With Mickelson who could therefore have the chance to join his staff towards the challenge in Italy – at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Guidonia Montecelio (Rome) – against Europe.
He is one of the most successful sportsmen of all time, as well as one of the richest in the world. In terms of firsts, Tiger Woods is still present: 15 major tournaments won, 110 professional tournaments, the most successful golfer in the history of the sport.
Statistics that explain why he managed to stay at the top of the world rankings for 683 weeks (including 281 consecutive) and especially because in 2014 he became the first athlete in the world to have crossed the billion dollar mark.
Astronomical figure which also justifies the fact that Tiger Woods can afford a yacht like the Privacy, a real fairy tale boat. And obviously, we’re talking about something that was expensive. If you imagine a luxury yacht and some comfort on board, then Privacy has it.
48 meters long, with a total area of 600 square meters, this yacht was purchased by the golfer in 2004. Equipped with five cabins that can accommodate a total of ten people, it also has four quarters for nine crew members .
Tiger Woods usually calls it “my dinghy” even though everything looks like a dinghy: with a cruising speed of 18 knots, it also has an onboard gym where the golfer continues to train. Woods, in fact, prefers to stay on this yacht during tournaments held in New York.
With cherry wood interiors, Privacy also boasts a three-person elevator, a huge jacuzzi, big enough to seat eight, and the inevitable cinema room and bar area. The little extra of this mega yacht is provided by the area that Tiger Woods wanted dedicated to scuba diving: this also explains the presence of an (inflatable) decompression chamber and an area dedicated to filling bottles. ‘oxygen.
The luxury is also complemented by three jet skis and two scooters for short shore excursions. Obviously, all this has a price: privacy costs 17 million euros and its annual maintenance amounts to 1.7 million euros.