In Phil Mickelson’s traditional Tuesday money game during a practice round of a major championship, the 45-year-old and Rickie Fowler will take on Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas at Whistling Straits. Even though a shot has yet to be hit, Spieth might be already 1-up on Phil.
Mickelson, known for his incessant trash-talking and ball-busting on the golf course, will be getting some of his own medicine on Tuesday when Spieth says he’s going to troll him with his U.S. Open trophy. Of course, that’s the one major that has eluded Mickelson’s grasp for completing the career grand slam and it’s where he has finished runner-up a record six times.
“I’m going to try and get the U.S. Open trophy flown in so I can sit on the front of each green for Phil,” Spieth said via ESPN.com. “So I’ll have something for him — just dishing it back. We’ll see if we can get somebody to carry it around for the round.
“It’s the first time I have something on him.”
That’s *almost* cruel, but it’s mostly brilliant. Good thing about Phil is that as much as he dishes, he can also take it.
Spieth, who shot a final-round 66 to place T10, was not in contention on Sunday at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational for a change. In fact, it was the first time he hadn’t been fully in the mix since placing 30th at the Byron Nelson Championship in May. Following that, he’s been on quite the run, placing T3 at The Memorial, 1st at the U.S. Open, 1st at the John Deere Classic and T4 at The Open.
Spieth, the world no. 2, will tee it up alongside world no. 1 Rory McIlroy and Open Champion Zach Johnson in the first two rounds of the PGA Championship.