Phil Mickelson got off to a fantastic start at the Shriners Open. He looked the healthiest Phil we'd seen for a long time and after shooting a six-under par opening round of 65, many thought this would be a turning point for the 44-time PGA Tour winner.
Unfortunately for Mickelson, it wasn't the big finish he was looking for, but that didn't stop him from pulling off possibly the best recovery shot we've seen so far in the new PGA Tour season.
On Friday, Mickelson put his drive on the second well wide of the fairway, clearing the rough and finishing on the gravel the other side of the path.
It seemed as though Mickelson had caught a lucky break, being left handed it meant that his feet would be on the cart path in order to play the shot so he was given the option of a free drop, but Mickelson oddly declined.
The shot looked impossible, with a large tree straight in front of Mickelson and over 200 yards to the hole, meaning going over the tree would leave him well short of the green.
In very Mickelson style, the 49-year-old hit a low slice right around the tree and the ball chased all the way up to the green. Watch the video below and see for yourself.
From the cart path.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) October 4, 2019
In the gravel.
Around the tree.
Leave it to Phil. pic.twitter.com/Zqx13OjF1B
Mickelson went on to par the hole to keep himself in contention, but by Sunday he had fallen down the leaderboard into 61st. Mickelson has failed to automatically qualify for the Presidents Cup, but it will be interesting to see if he makes the team as a captain's pick by Tiger Woods.