Phil Mickelson has by no means been playing to his potential over the last few months on the PGA Tour, which has to be somewhat disconcerting for the left handed superstar heading into the 4th and final major championship of the season, the PGA Championship. Apparently that has not put on damper on Phil’s outlook, nor has it cost him his sense of humor.
While ramping up for the PGA Championship during a practice round at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort on Monday, Mickelson stepped up to the 11th tee when he began hearing shouts from fans in the pool of a nearby house. Instead of keeping his head down and staying entirely focused on the practice round at hand, Phil decided to have a little fun with the rowdy pool – goers. Lefty calmly looked at over his caddy, Jim “Bones” Mackay, and said “Laser me a yardage Bones, I want to hit a wedge over to them.” With that, Phil adjusted his aim and drilled a knock down pitching wedge 122 yards in the direction of the pool. Shortly thereafter, one of the party – goers emerged with the ball, and one can only assume, a look of utter surprise on their face.
Despite his lackluster play as of late, Phil remains a fan favorite for reasons such as this. He is one of the most approachable superstars in the world of golf, and certainly understands how much a small gesture means to the average fan. If I were Phil Mickelson, I would probably be smiling too, considering he will soon be part owner of the San Diego Padres.
The real question is whether or not Phil’s upbeat and fan-friendly attitude will result in a win this week at the PGA Championship. We’ll have a better idea about that come this weekend.