Stop the presses. Phil Mickelson is a fan of something Rees Jones did: his work at Bethpage Black, host of this week's PGA Tour playoffs opener at The Barclays on Long Island.
“I love the course,” Mickelson said, according to Golf Channel. “Rees Jones did a great job renovating it and making the greens a reward if you hit a good shot. These greens are spectacular. Tee to green, it’s very demanding, very challenging. This complex here has meant so much to the game of golf. This course is really special to the game.”
Mickelson has been a rather vocal critic of Jones' work in the past, including relentless ripping into his work to renovate Cog Hill, erstwhile home to the BMW Championship (the erstwhile Western Open). The four-time major winner eviscerated Jones for his work at the Atlanta Athletic Club, site to last year's PGA Championship.
Then again, Mickelson kind of has to praise Jones for his work on the Long Island track. He finished as runner-up in the two U.S. Opens held at the venue in 2002 and '09.