Phil Mickelson went to the 18th hole in a three-way tie for the lead at Colonial CC yesterday and promptly proceeded to Winged-Foot his drive into what seemed like jail down the left side. His playing partner and co-leader, Rod Pampling, knocked his drive 300+ down the middle of the fairway, leaving a wedge to the green, and in great position to make birdie (Tim Clark, the other co-leader, was already in the clubhouse). It looked like Phil was in some serious trouble (one of the commentators- Peter Kostis, maybe) even suggested that if his lie were any worse he’d have to pitch out), and then he went and did this:
Pampling, who I’m guessing may have been just a tad bit rattled after losing the lead with a bogey on 17, hit a pretty poor approach, leaving a long uphill putt. His first putt was about 5 or 6 feet short, and Phil made his 8 footer to win the tournament.
Accordingly, it seems everyone is already frothing at the mouth about Phil’s chances at Torrey Pines in a couple of weeks (OMG PHIL IS BACK TIGER SUX LOVE YOU PHIL SERGIO SUX TOO), but let’s just say it’ll be interesting to see what happens. It was a great shot, but in a major (esp. the US Open) it might be a little bit easier to play from the fairway (see: Tiger vs Cabrera on 18 at Oakmont last year).
But in the meantime, congrats, Phil. Nice shot.