Phil Mickelson’s broadcast TV debut was vintage Phil, and golf fans lapped it up

Phil Mickelson made quite the impression on viewers during his television debut at the PGA Championship.

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Making your live television debut at a major championship is a bit like jumping from the high dive without knowing how to swim. That is unless you’re Phil Mickelson.

The five-time major champion made his TV debut during CBS’s third round broadcast of the PGA Championship Saturday, much to the delight of golf fans everywhere. Right off the bat, Phil was vintage Phil, cracking saucy jokes and displaying the extroverted charm that’s made him one of golf’s most beloved players.

If social media is any indication, Phil’s sky-high Q-score might have raised even higher on Saturday. Here’s the best of the response:

Phil might not be ready to consider a career change quite yet, but the verdict is already in from social media: Lefty has a future in TV.

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James Colgan is an assistant editor at GOLF, contributing stories for the website and magazine. He writes the Hot Mic, GOLF’s weekly media column, and utilizes his broadcast experience across the brand’s social media and video platforms. A 2019 graduate of Syracuse University, James — and evidently, his golf game — is still defrosting from four years in the snow. Prior to joining GOLF, James was a caddie scholarship recipient (and astute looper) on Long Island, where he is from. He can be reached at