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Saturday
May032014

Video: "Oh my God" 7-iron From 216 Yards...

Phil Mickelson's 63 positioned him with a chance to win Sunday at the Wells Fargo Championship, reports Doug Ferguson. Mickelson is happy to not have the lead based on the Quail Hollow's track record which favors closers, writes Randall Mell.

Mell also shares the story of Mickelson and Bones Mackay on the 13th tee where if it wasn't absurd enough that Bones was thinking 6-iron, Phil mentioned 7, got a response and took it as a challenge to hit a 7-iron 216 yards.

“I’m just waiting for him to say something, and he goes, `I’d love a good 7 here,’” Mackay said.

A 7-iron? From 216 yards?

“I said, `Oh my God,’ before I could catch it,” Mackay said. “I didn’t mean to say `Oh my God.’”
Mickelson waggled that 7-iron over his ball before making a hard lash, unleashing a big, sweeping hook that worked its way beautifully to the flagstick, kicking up and rolling out to within 9 feet of the hole. Mickelson made birdie there.

“He told me, walking up, that when I said `Oh my God,’ he took it as a challenge,” Mackay said.

Coverage begins Sunday on Golf Channel from 1-2:30 p.m. ET followed by CBS at 3:00-6:00 PM.                 

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So everyone knows this.. but Phil's 7 iron is lofted like a normal 6 iron. So thats a sick shot.. but not that nuts
05.3.2014 | Unregistered Commentergolfboy3.2738
"These guys are good!"
05.4.2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoe Ezar
Big Phil fan. But is being challenged by your caddie an example of emotional control? Yes, he pulled it off, but this may explain a few of his poorer "major" decisions in the past.
05.4.2014 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
For 25 years the lofts of irons have been juiced. Then if the standard ''rule of thumb'' that 1 inch equals 10 yards....I don't know if PM's clubs are standard length (are they?, and how 'bout the lofts ,Phil?)

A draw goes farther, there is wind, and there is downhill, both which may or may not have had an effect.

So What was it Phil?, Just a verse from ''How I Met Your Mother''..... ''challenge accepted'', or a combo of circumstances?
Hell of a shot, no matter. And you made the putt.
05.4.2014 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Hardest great player to cheer for.
05.4.2014 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
"Oh my God" 7-iron From 216 Yards... Look guys just what the modern ball does for us gifted players - to Hell with Ball Roll Back when it makes me look this good.

Cool Man, real cycledelic man, yet how much is down to technology and how much is down to skill. I fear some acid in the form of technology has much to do with these interesting scores.

Who is fooling who and who are the biggest fools - now that is the question.
05.4.2014 | Unregistered CommenterA Robertson
This, right now, is embarrassing for golf and golf channel. Live golf going on includes the leaders at Quail on a par 5, and Stacey Lewis and Michelle Wie both just made eagles in the LPGA event, But on TV we get Chamblee's hair, and Rory 6 shots out of the lead. Somehow, someway golf needs to figure out how to fix this half an hour deadzone.
05.4.2014 | Unregistered Commenterelf
Good to see golf channel has done the exceedingly sensible thing and gone to the LPGA early. Not sure why they didn't just do that off the bat.
05.4.2014 | Unregistered Commenterelf
Open Thread comment:

Wow, McCord has been mind blowingly awful today. Less than an hour in and:

'Best score today's been -4' (uh, no, doofus there's been a -6 and an couple of -5s)

'Here we are on 10, the last of the back 9 Par 5s'. Gary, you hurt the 15th's feelings.

'No idea how a ball can come in at an angle and bounce straight up off a flat surface' (probably because it's not a uniformly flat surface? Texture and irregularity would be good places to start).
05.4.2014 | Unregistered Commenterdbh
Absolutely flushed a 5 iron the other day, as good as I've got, felt so sweet off the Mizzie. Finished the 18 and headed back for more and did it again on the same hole. Almost gave myself a heart attack thinking how nice it was. Maybe I did, ended up in emerg and the cardiac care unit that night with chest pains. Phil better take it easy with those 7 irons ;-)
05.4.2014 | Unregistered Commentermeefer
Maybe Phil should consider putting with that miraculous 7-iron. My god... that was painful to watch today.
05.4.2014 | Unregistered CommenterPA PLAYA
Meefer-wish you the best.

Ihave always been a student of a slow movng putt has a far greater chance of going in, and that is what Mr. Penick taught.

Those putts were terrible, Phil, and over half would have gone in at a slower pace.
05.4.2014 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
I'm not among the eight viewers that tuned in this weekend.
05.4.2014 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
Phil doesn't need a putting lesson. He needs a brain tweak. Always has, always will.

Half the time I root for him because I think he's a good guy, talented and likable, but the other half -- when he makes the pointless aggressive high-risk play and screws up, I feel like Charlie Brown trying to kick the football. Again.
05.4.2014 | Unregistered Commenter3foot1
Thanks, Digs. 3 weeks back the family doc says all tests are good. One CT scan, a stress test and an ultra-sound later...roto router time they say. What can you do? Like you I'm a fan of dying it into the hole. Jamming it from 4 feet, ouch.
05.5.2014 | Unregistered Commentermeefer
3f1 is exactly correct. Phil is schizogolfic. That's a real diagnosis. Or should be!
05.5.2014 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
tlavin.

Mr. Webster, we have an inclusion.
05.5.2014 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
9 feet. So he only hit it 213 then? Underclubbed. Bones was right.
05.5.2014 | Unregistered Commenter4442

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