Posted July 10, 2014

Phil Mickelson Hits Backward Wedge Shot in Scottish Open Practice Round

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With Phil Mickelson, sometimes it’s more fun to watch his practice rounds then his tournament rounds. For one, he’s often involved in money matches with Dustin Johnson or Keegan Bradley that would equal the purses of early-season PGA Tour events. Another reason is that you’ll see some amazing short-game shots, like this one he hit this week at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club as he prepared for his Scottish Open defense this week.

Mickelson has yet to finish in the top 10 this season, but in Scotland this week he sounded positive about the second-half of his season — in which he’ll defend his British Open title — and in the years ahead — in which he hopes to win multiple majors and play in the 2016 Olympics.

“I’ll start getting ready for Hoylake and I’m optimistic about the end of the year,” Mickelson said after his first attempt to complete the career grand slam saw him finish 28th at Pinehurst last month. “But I’m excited about the coming years, too. I think that this year has been a great learning year for me as far as certain areas of my game, but I haven’t quite peaked with them yet. But I feel like I actually learned a few things and picked up some things for the coming years.”

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39 comments
GailFlogausBodie
GailFlogausBodie

The one person I really don't care for is Bubba Watson. He wares his button up shirt all the way to the top ,he looks like he is choking to death, always uptight. He walkes like he has a broom stuck up his butt. Thats just my feeling about him.

Mare Moon
Mare Moon

What can I say.... He is the king of approaches.

Dax Hardy
Dax Hardy

Ryan Stacey Déad Lüng so sick!

Andy Nead
Andy Nead

Kresson Tiller gotta commit!

Robert Sargent
Robert Sargent

Is this an "Onion" headline"? Every shot Mickelson hits is backwards!

Jeff Cross
Jeff Cross

That might be the coolest golf shot ive ever seen

Eddie Ray Neaux
Eddie Ray Neaux

It's a trick shot, nothing more. Has he done it in competition? If so, then THAT is impressive.

James Feng
James Feng

If you need to ask then you haven't played enough golf or are not good enough to comprehend why.

Greg Diamond
Greg Diamond

Luv Phil, but he won't win The Open this year.

Matt Buie
Matt Buie

@eddie-why? Have you ever tried to hit a shot(off such an extreme downhill lie, that close to the pin)like that? Sounds ridiculous, but that really is the smart play. Especially if your Phil. That's why....

Pete J Nash
Pete J Nash

Check out youtube, there's heaps of these shots from phil going back to his 20's, he's been doing it for years, truly awesome!

Brian Richardson
Brian Richardson

If you have an extreme downhill lie, this is the best alternative if you're trying to get it close and you've practiced the shot.

Corrado Lepre
Corrado Lepre

Ricky Fowler played a shot like that a year ago

Sean Cheskes
Sean Cheskes

Sam Manley Mike Shu Jason Faibish insanity classic Phil doe

Nick Pollard
Nick Pollard

He may wanna practice the bump & run..... He gave J. Rose the US Open w that silly chit....

Benjamin Lee
Benjamin Lee

I can do that too. I just need a wall or tree to be involved.

Mike McGrory
Mike McGrory

Alex Wills George Bell Tom Butterworth James Butterworth Christian Deste Oli Deste

Ryan Vincent
Ryan Vincent

Nice one Phil, such an open mind and great imagination.

Grace Mg
Grace Mg

Yep, that's Phil's kinda shot, love him!

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