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Phil produces backwards shot at Barclays

AMERICAN Phil Mickelson is renowned for his work around the greens and attempted his trademark backwards shot at The Barclays on Saturday.

FIVE-TIME major champion Phil Mickelson has a penchant for the extraordinary and he attempted his trademark backwards flop shot during the final round of The Barclays on Saturday, to mixed results.

Mickelson drove his ball into a greenside bunker on the par-4 18th hole to find his ball resting on a severe downslope in the rough just above the bunker.

At that stage Lefty was nine shots off the leaders and needed a big play, so he pulled out his lob wedge and with his back to the flagstick, tried to hit his ball back over his shoulder onto the green.

Mickelson is renowned for his work around the greens, but on this occasion things didn't quite go to plan.

Watch: Mickelson attempts the backwards shot at the barclays

Mickelson then managed to go up and down with a beautiful bunker shot to save par before signing for a 1-under third round.

This isn't the first time the American has attempted the extravagant stroke.

In his only instructional DVD, Lefty explains his thinking behind the shot and talks about the technique needed to pull it off perfectly.

WATCH: Mickelson explains how to hit the backwards shot

Mickelson can also be seen below attempting a similar shot at Muirfield two years ago in a practice round before The Open, proving this trick shot isn't a fluke.


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