A WNBA App? Well, better clear some space on the old smart phone.
It's easy to characterize Phil Mickelson's 6th runner-up finish at the U.S. Open as a "choke." After all, he had a one-shot lead going into the final round, and turned in his worst score of the week at Merion.
To me, we use the word "choke" far too often in the sports world. If the Miami Heat fail to win back-to-back NBA titles, Lebron James is a choker. The Denver Broncos lose their opening playoff game as a #1 seed? Bunch of chokers. The Texas Rangers lose the World Series two straight years? How's that collar feel...a little tight?
The fact is, the margin between first and second in professional sports is razor-thin. One or two shots out of 270 in a golf tournament. One field goal kick that grazes the outside of the upright rather than the inside of the upright. A ball that lands two inches left of the chalk, or right on top of the foul line. All can, and often do, decide the outcome of an event.
Phil Mickelson lost the U.S. Open not because he was unable to handle the pressure. He simply made a couple of errors. Too much club on the par-3 13th. Not enough on the pafr-4 15th. The putts that were catching the edge of the hole the first three days were sliding by on Sunday. That's not choking. That's the normal fluctuation of a sport at it's highest level. The difference between Mickelson and someone who didn't even make the cut is just 1 or 2 shots per 9 holes.
Are there chokes in sports? Absolutely. Jean Van de Velde, the '64 Phillies, and the 1980 Soviet hockey team come to mind. Failing to hold onto a one-shot lead in the final round on a diabolical U.S. Open course doesn't qualify.