Golf: Phil Mickelson putt video from USPGA Memorial tournament at Muirfield Village

Phil Mickelson lived up to his reputation as “Phil the Thrill” with a remarkable par during the final round of the Memorial Tournament in Ohio.

The five-time major champion was already out of contention and moving down the leaderboard, having followed a front-nine 40 with another bogey at the 10th on a brutal day for scoring at Muirfield Village.

Mickelson was eight over for the week and some 20 strokes back from overnight leader Jon Rahm when he reached the par-four 13th, where his tee shot found the middle of the fairway and left him 78 yards from the flag.

With the fairways and greens baked by the hot and humid conditions in Ohio, as well the flag being tucked tight close to the bunker protecting the left-side of the green, Mickelson tried the unthinkable in his attempt to get the ball close to the flag.

Mickelson elected to ditch his wedges in favour of the flat stick, despite being more than 230 feet from the hole, with his approach putted to just short of the green and finishing 35 feet from the pin.

A sheepish Mickelson was heard on the live TV broadcast admitting: “I saw that playing out differently in my mind” as he approached the green.

Better was to come with his third shot, as Mickelson showed off his amazing short game skills with a delicate flop shot over the rough and the sand to leave a tap-in for par.

Phil Mickelon putting from 78 yards. 😳

Mickelson said at the end of his round he went for the putter because he was concerned about the wedge getting an unkind bounce on the green.

“So the reason I tried to putt was the fairway prior to the green was pitched more severely right to left, and if I used that slope it was going to angle and get the ball working over to the left pin and possibly get close, whereas if I hit a wedge shot and flew it on to the front edge or just short, it wasn’t using that extra pitch or contour to get the ball over to the left,” he said, according to Golf Digest.

Every weekend hacker has been there, Phil.Source:AFP

“I would have had to settle for a good shot being 12 or 15 right of the hole. I didn’t hit it hard enough, but if I had hit that hard enough or the right speed, I think that ball could have gotten close to the hole to a tap-in, whereas a wedge I didn’t see that being possible.”

The golfing world had some laughs at Mickelson’s tactics.

PHIL MICKELSON JUST LAID UP ON A PAR 3!!!!! ON PURPOSE!! pic.twitter.com/e2VREs5am8

“You miss 100% of the 234-foot putts you leave short.”

– Wayne Gretzky

– Phil Mickelson pic.twitter.com/SRVyzMuDmq

Mickelson refused to give up on his long-putting game and attempted a similar approach on the 16th hole, where he putted from 43-yards short of the green. Just like on the 13th, he also recovered to tap in for bogey after his first putt left him still 15 yards short of the dance floor.

Mickelson was having to find ways to amuse himself on the final day as he went on to finish +9 for the event, 18 strokes behind winner Jon Rahm, who finished three clear of American Ryan Palmer at -9.

Rahm became the first Spaniard since Seve Ballesteros in 1989 to hold golf’s world number one ranking, fending off a late challenge on Monday morning (AEST) to win the US PGA Memorial tournament.

Rahm holed out an amazing 31-foot chip shot at the par-3 16th and, despite a two-stroke penalty that turned it from a birdie to a bogey, took a three-stroke victory.

“I don’t know how to describe it,” Rahm said.

“It has been a goal since I was 13 or 14-years-old.”

— with AFP

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