I just completed “One Magical Sunday: (But Winning Isn’t Everything)” by Donald T. Phillips and Phil Mickelson. If you are a fan of his, this book is a “should-read” maybe not a must read. It is not deep, it is not brilliant, but it is Phil, along with his family, friends, teachers, caddies, agents, and anyone else who has been close to Phil, re-capping his journey from childhood all the way to the PGA Tour.
Bouncing back and forth between his youth, college days, stories of courting his wife Amy, and that magical Sunday where he finally shed the “No Major” label, Phil comes across in his book as the same likable, approachable star he appears to be on the course. The reader also gets a window into Mickelson’s personal life, including the harrowing time where tragedy almost struck their family during the birth of their son Evan. Fans can now understand why Mickelson had such a disappointing year on course in 2003 (the family kept the near-tragedy to themselves for most of that season), and had to feel happy for him when he came through at Augusta in 2004.
Golf fan or non golf fan can appreciate this easy read, as it is as much about childhood, family, and the special people in our lives as it is about Mickelson’s triumphs on he PGA Tour.