Phil Mickelson is always up for an extraordinary stroke.
This week was no exception in Arnold Palmer Invitational, where Mickelson played this shot at the 10th hole Thursday:
BEHIND the fence.
Phil’s not afraid to play any shot. pic.twitter.com/tGizOzdBYy
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) 7. marts 2019
Mickelson’s ball was lying in bounds, but very close to out of bounds, and instead of taking unplayable ball relief with a one stroke penalty he (of course) chose to play it, as it lay – with a right-handed stroke!
Unfortunately the ball was caught by the net, and the ball quickly dropped down to the ground… and ended out of bounds!
But Mickelson had a bit of a “lucky” break. The new dropping-Rule states, that he should drop a ball (in bounds) within one club-length of the spot where he last played from, not nearer the hole.
This one club-length moved the ball away from the net, where he could take a full swing. Under the old Rules he would have had to play the ball from the same spot as he last played, which would have made recovery quite a bit more difficult, even for Phil!
Despite this little episode, Mickelson scored a 68 with seven birdies, but a 78 in the second round which resulted in his missing the cut.