PGA Tour pro Phil Mickelson had a chance to win $1 million for the First Book foundation Monday night during halftime of the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers game. Lefty was tasked with hitting a 100 yard chip shot from one end zone in the stadium to a target in the other end zone. Had he hit a bulls-eye, the charity would have won $1 million. With each ring that was farther away from the center, the amount given to the charity decreased.
Unfortunately for the underprivileged kids that receive the books, Mickelson missed the target entirely, hitting it over the green. Despite his poor approach shot, the foundation will still receive $50,000. Phil was still in good spirits after the shot, saying, “The 16th at TPC Scottsdale has nothing on this.”
One thing I found interesting was the fact that they had Mickelson hitting off of a mat such as you would find at the driving range, and not the stadium grass. I’m assuming they didn’t want Lefty to take a huge divot, which could have potentially resulted in an injury later in the game. One can’t help but think, however, that the artificial turf may have had an impact on the shot. Regardless, the whole thing was all in good fun, and needy kids are still going to receive a lot of books.
Mickelson was surprisingly adept as a football commentator, with his knowledge of the game and passion for his hometown Chargers clearly evident.
Regardless of the outcome, this was a great initiative that raised money for a worthy cause, and got Lefty, and the game of golf, some more national media attention.