Phil Mickelson hit his driver into the thick tough left of the green on the par-5 ninth gap on the Silverado Resort and Spa North course.
Mickelson then hit his driver out of the thick tough.
The five-time main champion had an overhanging department to his left. He had one other to his proper. He might solely punch-out on Saturday in the course of the third spherical of the Safeway Open in Napa, Calif.
“Driver?” his caddie and brother, Tim Mickelson, requested.
“I believe it needs to be effective. It appears prefer it’ll come out simply effective,” Phil Mickelson stated as he stood over the ball for a second after which stepped away.
“I imply, if we do hit the 9- or 8-iron, it will nonetheless be lower than 100 yards,” stated Tim Mickelson, who has seen his brother hit a daring shot or two through the years.
“Yeah, however this can get into the bunkers up by the inexperienced. It needs to be – this could work out effective,” stated Phil Mickelson, who has not often seen a daring shot he didn’t like through the years.
Tim Mickelson lifted the bag and stepped away. Phil Mickelson seemed forward and took 4 steps to the ball. He took one follow swing and twirled the top of the motive force earlier than it settled into the grass. He barely opened up his stance and seemed up at his goal twice.
“There’s an opportunity, and I’ve seen this, the place the ball doesn’t launch fairly excessive sufficient and solely goes about 5 ft. Simply sticks proper in entrance of you,” one announcer stated on the PGA Tour Stay broadcast.
“I’m with you. Yeah, I’m with you. This doesn’t have the indicators of one thing good,” a second announcer stated.
Mickelson swung with an abbreviated comply with by way of, the ball rose after it shot previous the branches, and it landed simply earlier than the bunker in entrance of the inexperienced.
“He muscled it out,” the primary announcer stated.
“What the heck do we all know?” the second announcer stated.
“Nothing,” the primary announcer stated.
Mickelson walked towards his ball, tickled that he added “driver out of the tough” to his legend. He would pitch the ball on to about three ft along with his third shot after which make the birdie putt, a part of his 2-under spherical of 70.
“Yeah, he didn’t like driver out of the tough,” Mickelson stated to enjoying companion J.B. Holmes after the shot, referring to his brother and caddie. “I don’t know.”
“I really feel like I’ve seen every part in golf,” Holmes stated. “That’s my first on that one.”