August 22, 2014
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
- Phil Mickelson shot a 72 in the second round. (Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
PARAMUS, N.J. -- Even as he struggled to make the cut, Phil Mickelson gave the fans Friday at Ridgewood Country Club something to cheer about.
After hitting his tee shot on the reachable par-4 fifth hole off a cart path and into a corporate hospitality area, Mickelson opted to join the crowd. Rather than take a drop in the tall grass, he played his next shot off the deck of the grandstand.
"It wasn't hard to make contact," Mickelson said. "It was hard to hit it on that skinny little green and get it to stop."
Mickelson flew the green and landed in a bunker, making bogey on the hole.
Still, even playing partner Will MacKenzie couldn't help but be impressed.
"There's nobody better at those type of shots than him," MacKenzie said. "I didn't even know he was up (in the stands). That's awesome.
"It's hard, but not for him. The shot was a 9.9 out of 10 to get it on the green ... it was just borderline impossible."
It was also reminiscent of a shot Mickelson hit off a cart path at Trump Doral earlier this year, only this time he didn't make birdie. He bogeyed the next hole, too, but made a 7-footer for birdie on his final hole of the day, the par-4 ninth, to shoot 72 to make it to the weekend at 1 over.
"If you hit it off-line enough, you're going to see those spots," Mickelson said of his shot on No. 5. "Just hit the shot a little bit too far. I hit it clean. Just hit it too hard."
Phil Mickelson thrills fans with shot from hospitality area at Barclays