In golf, success is promised no one. But for Philip Francis, it once seemed guaranteed.
Born in Las Vegas and raised in Scottsdale, Francis started swinging golf clubs as soon as he could toddle, and he captured his first tournament when he was four, trouncing opponents twice his age. Jim Flick, who taught Jack Nicklaus, was so impressed with Francis that he offered himself up as his instructor. Others who watched him play in his precocious prime still speak of Francis in awestruck terms.
“He was unreal, totally insane,” says two-time Tour winner Jamie Lovemark, who came up through the…