On-course mics capture the most relatable Phil Mickelson moment ever

"I'm so sick of this!"


Phil Mickelson continued an unenviable trend in his first competitive round back at Winged Foot since his collapse at the 2006 U.S. Open.

During Phil’s final round in 2006, he hit just two fairways — something that ultimately cost him on the 72nd hole, when one-too-many wayward drives resulted in an infamous double bogey.

In 2020, he came in with a plan: He was going to chase accuracy. He made alterations to his equipment and technique to help him do it — but it didn’t seem to help during his first round. Here’s how he fared during his first six par 4s.

Missed fairway left

Missed fairway left

Missed fairway right

Missed fairway left

Missed fairway left

Missed fairway left

That left miss — which for Lefty is a slice — crops up because, as GOLF Top 100 Teacher Jonathan Yarwood explains below, Mickelson has a tendency to get steep with the club on his downswing. He has great hands, so he makes it work, but it’s not always easy.

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As Yarwood explains, the face comes in slightly steep and open….

Phil’s club ‘steepens’ on the downswing

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…and he rolls his hands to square it.

Phil’s move relies on lots of timing.

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But that timing-dependent move doesn’t always work, as we saw on Thursday. But then came the 9th hole, and — sweet relief! — he hit his first fairway of the day. 182 yards away for his second shot into his first par 5, with a potential birdie on the cards, only for him to miss it right again.

His moment of frustration, captured by Golf Digest‘s Christopher Powers here, is something every golfer can relate to.

“I’m so sick of this!”

We know how you feel, Lefty.

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Luke Kerr-Dineen

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Luke Kerr-Dineen is an English-American who oversees the brand’s service journalism content across all of GOLF’s multimedia platforms. An alumni of the International Junior Golf Academy and the University of South Carolina–Beaufort golf team, where he helped them to No. 1 in the national NAIA rankings, Luke moved to New York in 2012 to pursue his Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University. Following graduation, he spent two years as a digital editor at Golf Digest before spending three years as a Senior Editor at USA Today.