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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Phil Mickelson hits tree while taking risk that backfires (Video)

Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson will go down as one of the biggest risk-takers golf has ever seen when his Hall of Fame career comes to a close, and those risks do not always pay off. We saw an example of that during the second round of the Masters on Friday.

After he hit his tee shot into some pine straw on the par-4 9th hole, Mickelson tried to get his ball as close to the green as possible by sneaking it around a tree. The approach backfired, and Mickelson ended up hearing a clunking sound no golfer ever wants to hear.

Mickelson’s second shot was unplayable, so he had to take a penalty stroke and hit his fourth from roughly the same spot. He ended up carding a triple-bogey on the hole, which dropped him from just one shot behind the leaders to four shots back at the time.

Like the true veteran that he is, Mickelson bounced back with a birdie on the very next hole. We’ve already seen the three-time Masters champion do some very Phil-like things at Augusta this year (perhaps none crazier than this shot during the first round), and we will probably see a few more before the weekend is over.

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