PHIL Mickelson has played some spectacular shots in his time but his effort during a Ryder Cup team bonding session last week was special even by Lefty’s lofty standards.
The eight confirmed members of the US team gathered along with Captain Davis Love and his three Vice Captains at a special dinner at the home stadium of NFL team the New England Patriots.
The stadium is not far from TPC Boston, site of this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship where all eight golfers are teeing up.
After a dinner in one of the luxury corporate boxes and some motivational speeches, it was time for some friendly competition.
Tom Lehman, one of the team’s Vice Captains, had organised for a flag to be cut in the stadium turf some 80 yards from the end zone and the goal was to get nearest the pin.
Team member Zach Johnson brought a bag of balls from the TPC Boston driving range, however, there was just one club on hand – a right-handed lob wedge – for all the players to use.
No problem for Mickelson, though.
At his second attempt the five time major winner – who is naturally right-handed despite playing lefty – stuck it to four feet.
It was the best shot of any of the golfers and apparently Mickelson was quick to let them know about it.
"It was a 60-degree wedge from 80 yards so it wasn't rocket science," Golf Digest reported a mischievous Mickelson as saying.
"I feel like it identified a weakness in the US team that we need to focus on in the next four, five weeks, hitting it right-handed inside of them.
“Now, we have time to fix it. But we've got an issue."
In typical Phil fashion, he then went on to analyse how he played the shot, no doubt to the chagrin of his seven beaten teammates.
"I just tried to have it [the shot] come in dead because we have that rubbery astroturf," he said.
"I didn't want to put too much sauce on it. I just got it on the line and it hit and just stayed there."
Mickelson went on to miss the cut at TPC Boston after rounds of 75 and 72 but will no doubt still be needling his teammates about his super wedge effort.
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