The cart path up-and-down for birdie
By mustang6560 on 3/8/13
It can be frustrating to be a Phil Mickelson fan at times. The thing about him that frustrates us is also the thing that fascinates us — he goes for the low percentage shots. When he fails to pull of the shot, we're left cursing at the TV. But, when he does, we're left with our jaw between our legs.

Yesterday, in the first round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship, Phil's tee shot on the par-4 17th came to rest on the cart path. Instead of taking relief, Lefty decided he'd rather hit it off of the cart path. Not only did he pull off the shot, he got up-and-down for birdie.

If you listen to Phil's post-round interview, he says it's an easy shot. While the concept may be easy to understand, I guarantee you the average amateur player couldn't get up-and-down from the cart path for par, much less birdie.

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jfurr says:
Pretty sweet.
GBogey says:
I was shown how to do this in a clinic one time. Really not that hard except you will scratch the bottom of your club. I imagine Phil can get replacements cheaper than I can.
legitimatebeef says:
Really Nathan get a hold of yourself. I saw it, it was cool but not that hard of a shot. Like GB says most ppl would rather not do that to their club. Plus Phil was in full FIGJAM mode while talking about it afterwards and that just killed it for me. I can see why everyone on tour except Keegan hates his guts.
GolfSmith7 says:
I can pull that shot off with your wedge lol not mine. I have to pay for mine
Kurt the Knife says:
pretty good lie. Sitting up a bit. Woulda been harder had it plugged.
GolferAnt says:
i do similar shots on my cement basement floor and yea not that hard.
slimpks1850 says:
"he goes for low percentage shots" He is annoying & I love to laugh at his F-ups. Kinda like at Pebble on 18 when he drove it in the water, dropped, hit it in the water again... wow how dumb. Wait there's more. Then the next day on 18 drove it in the water, dropped, hit it in the water again. lol. I'm so sick of commentators saying he's magical. ( It was also awesome watching him fall on his ass looking for his ball. Thanks Phil ).
birdieXris says:
I think it's great that Phil is a talented guy and all, but seriously --- when are they going to start asking "why the hell is he even there in the first place?" He has to hit off more cart paths than anybody i've seen!!
ppinkert says:
I like Phil... God shot easy or not. It was a score saving shot and you know as little I as i get to cheer about these days you can bet I'd be giving a little FIGJAM of my own at the clubhouse. Funny thing is that if I did it no one would give a rats..
bkuehn1952 says:
The other day I hit a shot off of the cart path but I dumped it into the greenside bunker. My buddy asked why I was smiling given that my ball was in the bunker. I told him it was because I had used his wedge to hit the shot.
falcon50driver says:
Phil doesn't treat the spectators like crap, doesn't throw clubs. He has a nice family, plays excellent golf. For the life of me I can't see why a few people on this site have to lie about him. One of them, we don't hear from anymore was probably the one Phil sent his lawyers after for slander. I hope they got slammed good.
mjaber says:
@birdieXris... I ask that all the time about EVERY pro golfer who pulls off an "amazing" recovery. Funny how most of the time the guy who plays "boring" golf wins the tournament.
SpaceMaNy0 says:
Funny, you all love it when Eldrick goes figjam....
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