Mickelson From The Cart Path
By Kickntrue on 6/7/10
Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler may have provided the showdown yesterday but Mickelson's cart path shot was by far my favorite single moment.

I was half-sleeping while watching this so I was too lazy to record it myself, but I assumed someone else would do it for me. I was right... though it's pretty crappy quality.

You've gotta love Phil for this! I don't think anyone who pays for their own equipment would ever do this, but honestly I don't think he even dinged his club.

Ummm... the kind soul who generated this video was also excited by the moment and drops the S-bomb at the end of it- so beware if you have your sound on.



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Banker85 says:
ya that was typical Phil. hit his drive in the hazarad went all the around the creek and dropped on the other side. He caught all ball i thought there might be some sparks. Awesome.
6/7/10
 
greendevil says:
Awesome shot; Phil is the best at these kinds of shots.

Knowing me, I would've hit 2 inches behind the ball; I'd hate to screw up a $200 fairway metal.
6/7/10
 
mjaber says:
I actually flipped over just as he was about to do hit his shot. Fowler and Barnes had just hit from the drop zone. All I could say was "Only Phil." It was impressive, but I wonder if he's going to go practice the shot so that he can hit the green next time... and we all know there will be a next time.
6/7/10
 
bplewis24 says:
I just don't get why everybody thinks this is such a great moment. Sure, the shot itself is exciting to watch and impressive in the execution of making good contact without hitting the path AND having it carry as far as it did (especially with that stance). However, I was pretty disgusted by it. He purposely does crap like this to manufacture excitement under the guise of necessity. In truth, this is purely self-indulgent behavior that he talks himself into doing. The correct play was not dropping on the other side on the cart path. The correct, safer, and more REWARDING play was to punch out, put it on the green in 3 or 4 and make par at worst. Instead it's double-bogey.

Yeah, that's incredibly exciting...not.
6/7/10
 
mjaber says:
Tiger Sunday: 3 birdies, 3 bogeys, 3 people hit by stray shots.
6/7/10
 
birdieXris says:
@mjaber: the triple crown!
6/7/10
 
ElGalloGigante says:
@ bplewis24 - How many hits on YouTube or publicity would the "correct, safer, and more REWARDING play" have garnered? None? Yeah, Phil knows what he is doing and I like him better for it. Get the game on the general public's mind, let the traditionalist be "disgusted by it."
6/7/10
 
TeT says:
bplewis24: Um if he plays another off the Tee, add a stroke... On the other side of the creek add a stroke, this shot is the only one that allowed him a chance at a 5 for the hole and guaranteed a max stroke of 6.
6/7/10
 
Banker85 says:
BPLEWIS: this creates excitement where there was none. what is wrong with that? i mean he could have hit his provisional how boring is that. your probably laying up on all par 5's too arent you?
6/7/10
 
eventHorizon says:
Apparently his drop from the cart path didn't give him a shot? He would still get relief from the path even if that was where he could drop it out of the water, so he must have chosen the spot specifically. I did not get to see the tv coverage to hear what they said. I don't disagree with the shot if his relief from the path was a no shot and therefore his only other option was re-teeing. His drive must have been nowhere near the fairway though because that path is a long way off.
6/7/10
 
KVSmith59 says:
that's awesome
6/7/10
 
Banker85 says:
he hit his drive left in the creek, hit a provisional in the left rough (not a very good spot) so he did get a penalty stroke. So he could have hit his provisional drive laying 3 hitting his 4th. Or hit the cart path shot which was his 3rd shot. Since it was a lateral hazzard on both sides he had option to drop on the other side of the creek, and he actually was able to "place" his ball.
6/7/10
 
falcon50driver says:
Phil has been my favorite golfer since I got interested in the game around 2003. He frustrated a lot of us by blowing chances to win by trying near impossible shots. The thing is, we love it when it works out, especially when we try it, and it works out.
6/7/10
 
srogers13 says:
He did have a par putt, he just three jacked for double. He found his ball, so he could not play the provisional. He chose to drop on the cart path because it was his cleanest shot for his drop options. His ball moved too far when he dropped, so he got to place the ball where it landed on the drop. If he had taken relief from the cart path, he would not have had a good lie.
6/7/10
 
legitimatebeef says:
Phil would hit a lob wedge off a baby's bottom if he thought he had any kind of chance at making a score.
6/7/10
 
Shankapotamus says:
Pros don't mind hitting off cart paths. It allows them to control the ball perfectly because they get clean ball-club contact. They often hit from cart paths unless dropping improves their angle. I think the hardest thing about the shot was that he had to stand on the cart path, not that he had to hit off it.
6/7/10
 
vja430 says:
That was crazy. I would probably shatter my club and probably would hit someone with the head in the head!!!
6/7/10
 
coojofresh says:
that take supreme accuracy. i have learned a lot from Phil. i would never do that for the simple fact that as of right now i don't feel confident enough in my ball striking to even try it. he is really good.
6/8/10
 
Panerai111 says:
This is so awesome.
6/8/10
 
ElGalloGigante says:
@ coojofresh - I tried hitting a ball off a jeep/access trail a while back, and got a club full of rocks. My 3h looks like I ran over it with a lawn mower. So not cool.
6/8/10
 
coojofresh says:
yeah my 8 iron got scarred on crappy sand/rock mix on the fairway. i would have been p'd if my 3Hy took a hit though. that's my favorite club.
6/8/10
 
jrbizzle says:
I played a course last year with a waste bunker, which was pretty much a grvel pit. I had two choices, declare unplayable and get out of the hazard, or swing way. I hit the ball with my 9 iron and took about 5 or 6 rocks along for the ride. The bottom and face of that club are a little worse for wear, but I'd never consider hitting any wood or hybrid like that.
6/8/10
 
ipv6freely says:
This is awesome - Phil is one of the things that makes the PGA so great to watch.
6/13/10
 
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