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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