During the second round of The Barclays, Phil Mickelson hit an errant drive so far left on the fifth hole at Ridgewood Country Club that his ball ended up in the hospitality/beer tent about 30-50 yards adjacent to the green.
Only Phil the Thrill!
As you can see in the video above, Phil, who never ceases to amaze with his ability to hit it in places you otherwise wouldn’t know existed, went ahead and played the ball from the green carpet (now that’s what you call a “tight lie!”). However, he didn’t properly judge the pitch and flew it over the green into a bunker. Nice attempt, though.
Phil ended up making a bogey and finishing at one-over to make the cut on the number. After he signed his scorecard, he relived the fifth hole.
“I hit a crappy drive, hit the cart path and went into the grandstands and my drop was going to be in hay,” explained Mickelson. “I had a clear lie on nice ground there and played it. I hit it a little too hard, went over the green, hit a bunker shot to 20 feet and made bogey.”
No, the shot wasn’t actually that difficult, but it was indeed tough to get it to stop on the narrow green.
“It wasn’t hard to make contact,” he said. “It was hard to hit it on that skinny little green and get it to stop. That was it. Just a bad tee shot.”
But he still loves that hole.
“It’s a great hole,” said Mickelson, who shot a one-over 72 on Friday. “It’s the only hole you can reach it under regulation here. The par-5s are not reachable. So you get really excited to get to that hole. I hit it great yesterday on the green. Had a great chance for eagle and then today hit a terrible shot.”
As we know, Phil has gotten himself into some interesting places in his career, so this wasn’t that big of a deal and he doesn’t mind it when it happens (well, at least when a major isn’t on the line probably).
“I don’t mind it,” he said. “It’s fun.”
That’s Phil for you — he certainly never makes things boring!
And here’s the longer version of the video…