Video: Phil Mickelson plays ridiculous shot in practice for British Open 9 years ago

Video: Phil Mickelson plays ridiculous shot in practice for British Open

Facing away from the hole, and up a slope, Phil Mickelson uses his incredible skills, and the wind, to land it close.

If you were keeping an eye on the Scottish Open last week you will have seen Phil Mickelson play superb stuff around Castle Stuart. After playing the British Open warm-up event for years, he finally won the Scottish version, perhaps signalling that he can now, finally, win a British Open too.

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After a third place (2004) and a runner-up finish (2011) Lefty looks a decent bet at 18/1 to take home the Claret Jug on Sunday.

And just in case you wanted another reason to invest in the American, take a look at this. During a practice round yesterday, Phil got into some very minor trouble on the 17th. But rather than do what 99.9 per cent of golfers would do and just chip it out, Mickelson played the shot backwards using his incredible skills, and the wind, to land the ball almost perfectly on the green.

It’s not a shot he might try in the tournament, but we doubt anyone else would even think of playing this shot this way.

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