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Monday
Jul152013

Video: Phil Plays Wedge Shot Backwards At Muirfield

Phil Mickelson, Monday at Muirfield, playing with Scott Piercy in preparation for the 2013 Open Championship.

On the 17th green:

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'Hiya, Martin, Peter here -- yes, Dawson. Say, could you send over your man and a bulldozer, there's a little smoothing project -- splendid, splendid -- yes, how about, oh I don't know, right now?'
07.15.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMark B
Listen to the people in the background in that video. Phil understands there are people who are seeing this for the first time. Things like this and the Pelz/Cleveland trick do more to grow the game than many of us realize.
07.15.2013 | Unregistered CommenterYours always
Like him or not, that is a pretty damn cool shot.
07.15.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRickABQ
Gotta love Phil!
07.15.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTJ
Golf is fun. Links golf is really fun. Phil likes fun. Why doesn't he do better at the Open? Rooting for Phil this week.
07.15.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLexicographer
FIGJAM
07.15.2013 | Unregistered Commenterbk
Comparable to dunking from the free throw line. There may be others that can do it, but it is a short list.
Golf is also about entertaining the fans and making them happy. Phil does that all the time.
07.15.2013 | Unregistered CommenterFreddie
Freddie,
To that point, on every hole Phil and Piercy alternated picking a spot to have a chipping contest from. That's what led to this. Besides practicing, it also had the duel purpose of letting fans sitting on the greens get to see something entertaining and interesting.

Practice rounds have been really lousy days at majors when they used to be more fun. Phil clearly has a good sense of this. He also bantered with the crowd and signed after his round. This on a Monday after winning a tournament the day before.
07.15.2013 | Registered CommenterGeoff
Too good! Wasn't a bad shot he made to (finally) finish things off yesterday in the heat of competition either.
07.15.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRLL
He's just crazy enough to try that shot on Thursday. . .
07.15.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSmolmania
The golf channel missed it, they had all their cameras on Tiger and Lindsey, preparing for the in-depth analysis on Live from The Open Championship.
07.15.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
this whole thing is reminding me of the ADHD correlation with golf
07.15.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Cambro
He may have earned the sobriquet FIGJAM, but Phil never forgets how important the spectators are and there's a certain humility in that.

I'd love him to win the Open - he's been close at Troon and Sandwich and he's playing well at the moment........
07.15.2013 | Unregistered Commenterbs
Cool shot. But folks, it's not that hard if you can find the proper lie/spot to hit from. It's like an uphill driver blast/high-spinning bunker shot feel through the ball. Make sure you stay on on the back leg and swing "UP" the hill....and apologize to anyone you may or may not hit in the noggin 120yards in front of you after the inevitable thinned 1st effort. The course in Karlovy Vary has a great chipping green near the 1st tee where that shot is VERY doable.
07.16.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
cz, I have never seen anyone else pull it off and have seen a few pretty talented players try. Not saying that you cannot, but like to see a video.
poor jonnycz, can't give props to Phil for hitting a shot NO ONE else on the tour has played in competition, which Phil has.

go read about tiger and lindsay.
07.16.2013 | Unregistered Commentermorphy699
Johnnny, you are right in that it is not that hard, with a good spot to play the ball from. We tried years ago, after the first video of PM doing it, and I hit about 2 out of 10-15, with very good form...the rest were everywhere. Easy to hit under the ball as well.

PM did it in one, with spectators. Big time props!


Wow, Morphine- you realy should know more about the posters before you attempt some drop in diss post. Johnnny is on top of it, something you wold know if you read a bit before you posted.
07.16.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Digs +1
07.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterStiggy
THANKS Digger. I was about to plan a 2hr drive over to 'Vary with an 11yr old who can hit it backwards too.

And for the record, it is 110% dependent on the slope and turf under the ball. I've seen Olazabal do it one day while messing around at a PGAT event 15yrs ago. Again, he found a perfect slope to do it...it's merely another trick shot in a player's arsenal. Daly can do it too, but everyone loves to give 'Gene aka: Phil credit for everything "neato".

Anyways...looks like it's going to be a bouncy Open...YEEHAW!!!!! Lets pray for steady 10-20mph breezes and the ones who nudge it the best will be in the hunt.
07.17.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
THANKS Digger. I was about to plan a 2hr drive over to 'Vary with an 11yr old who can hit it backwards too.

And for the record, it is 110% dependent on the slope and turf under the ball. I've seen Olazabal do it one day while messing around at a PGAT event 15yrs ago. Again, he found a perfect slope to do it...it's merely another trick shot in a player's arsenal. Daly can do it too, but everyone loves to give 'Gene aka: Phil credit for everything "neato".

Anyways...looks like it's going to be a bouncy Open...YEEHAW!!!!! Lets pray for steady 10-20mph breezes and the ones who nudge it the best will be in the hunt.
07.17.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
THANKS Digger. I was about to plan a 2hr drive over to 'Vary with an 11yr old who can hit it backwards too.

And for the record, it is 110% dependent on the slope and turf under the ball. I've seen Olazabal do it one day while messing around at a PGAT event 15yrs ago. Again, he found a perfect slope to do it...it's merely another trick shot in a player's arsenal. Daly can do it too, but everyone loves to give 'Gene aka: Phil credit for everything "neato".

Anyways...looks like it's going to be a bouncy Open...YEEHAW!!!!! Lets pray for steady 10-20mph breezes and the ones who nudge it the best will be in the hunt.
07.17.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
THANKS Digger. I was about to plan a 2hr drive over to 'Vary with an 11yr old who can hit it backwards too.

And for the record, it is 110% dependent on the slope and turf under the ball. I've seen Olazabal do it one day while messing around at a PGAT event 15yrs ago. Again, he found a perfect slope to do it...it's merely another trick shot in a player's arsenal. Daly can do it too, but everyone loves to give 'Gene aka: Phil credit for everything "neato".

Anyways...looks like it's going to be a bouncy Open...YEEHAW!!!!! Lets pray for steady 10-20mph breezes and the ones who nudge it the best will be in the hunt.
07.17.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
THANKS Digger. I was about to plan a 2hr drive over to 'Vary with an 11yr old who can hit it backwards too.

And for the record, it is 110% dependent on the slope and turf under the ball. I've seen Olazabal do it one day while messing around at a PGAT event 15yrs ago. Again, he found a perfect slope to do it...it's merely another trick shot in a player's arsenal. Daly can do it too, but everyone loves to give 'Gene aka: Phil credit for everything "neato".

Anyways...looks like it's going to be a bouncy Open...YEEHAW!!!!! Lets pray for steady 10-20mph breezes and the ones who nudge it the best will be in the hunt.
07.17.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
sorry 'bout the double post....laptop acting up!
07.17.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz

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