Phil Mickelson is looking to win back-to-back major championships for the first time in his career at Oak Hill this week, but the 2013 British Open winner nearly cost himself the opportunity with forgetfulness. According to the Golf Channel, Lefty signed up for the PGA Championship at the last second on Wednesday.
Players are required to register for PGA tournaments up to a day before the opening round. Mickelson chose not to play a practice round at Oak Hill on Wednesday, which resulted in the registration nearly slipping his mind. He strolled into the clubhouse with a hop in his step and wearing flip-flops at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Is that proper golf attire? Since Mickelson wasn’t heading out onto the course and he’s, well, Phil Mickelson, I’m sure nobody gave him any grief.
Believe it or not, Mickelson’s flub is not unprecedented among professional golfers. Last year, Rory McIlroy nearly missed his Ryder Cup tee time after he showed up late and had to rush to the first tee. McIlroy also overslept before the final round of the PGA Championship last year and then went on to win, so this could be good luck for Phil. As long as you avoid pulling a Jim Furyk, there’s no harm done.
GIF via SB Nation