Phil Mickelson Tees Up Golf Magazine Website Relaunch

Lefty guests on The Knockdown's debut podcast.

As part of the reconfiguration of golf.com, columnist and Sports Illustrated senior writer Alan Shipnuck has a new vertical called The Knockdown. Shipnuck has been doing Golf magazine podcasts for a while, but has now essentially relaunched that side of things with first guest Phil Mickelson.

From golf.com executive editor Alan Bastable’s The Knockdown introductory note:

“Years ago, Dan Jenkins summed up Alan in a single, perfect word: fearless,” Alan’s friend and SI colleague Michael Bamberger told me the other day. “He is, and I’m not even referring to the time he hid out in the powder room of Butler Cabin in pursuit of Bubba Watson, newly jacketed Masters champ. But as a reporter and writer-and man-fearless is only Alan’s starting point. Whether he’s analyzing Dustin Johnson or Kevin Na, Augusta National or Chambers Bay, Olympic golf or the Honda Classic, Alan writes (and tweets and podcasts and…) with unparalleled insight, humor and incisiveness.”

The Mickelson podcast was taped at the golfer’s one-bedroom apartment at The Madison Club in La Quinta, Calif. Here’s how Shipnuck describes the walk from the main room of the clubhouse to the golfer’s private, built-in lair:

The hallway was covered, floor to ceiling, in a grid of 8 x 10 photographs in identical black frames. Mickelson’s entire career was captured in one short walk: trophy presentations, stolen moments with his college sweetheart Amy, boozy celebrations in various Ryder Cup team rooms, the loving embrace of his three kids, candid snaps with two generations of friends and rivals between the ropes.

And per the graphic below, Shipnuck’s hour-long conversation with Mickelson touches here and there on other topics besides golf.