Imagine if Phil Mickelson hadn't stubbed his toe and come up short on No. 17. Suppose he had tied Lucas Glover and forced a Tuesday playoff at Bethpage Black last June. What would have happened?
He would have shot a 67 to Glover's 71, won the U.S. Open and written one of the most lavish stories in golf history. Imagine what we all would have written about that, what with Phil having come back from his leave following his wife Amy's breast cancer.
That's the way it turned out, anyway, in a game of ASG Golf, a new cards and dice board game. ASG is in the genre of Strat-O-Matic Baseball, what with every player having his own card, dice rolls leading to readings on the cards. Look up the reading on a chart to see where the ball went and mark it on the grid superimposed on a nice looking hole layout.
Inasmuch as my friends at Strat-O-Matic haven't picked up on my entreaties to start a golf game, this one comes recommended. It seems very realistic and plays smoothly, offering strategic choices. What the heck. It's a way to pass the time and keep golf in mind until the snow melts.
The Web site is www.asggames.com.