August 23, 2014
By D.J. Piehowski, PGATOUR.COM
- After hitting from the hospitality tent on Friday, Mickelson had to hit nearly the same shot on Saturday. (D.J. Piehowski/PGA TOUR)
When Phil Mickelson played a shot from the fifth-hole hospitality tent on Saturday – his second in two days – there was no doubt that the video would go viral. That his escape shots would spin off into an Internet meme was a little tougher to predict.
After play concluded on Friday night, the staff at Ridgewood Country Club spray painted the above message on the spot where Mickelson made his first trip to the grandstands (and made bogey). Shortly after he hit his second shot from the deck, they updated their messaging:
But it wasn’t until this tweet went out from @PGATOUR that things really started to take off.
After that, photos from fans, media and more started flooding in, depciting Mickelson hitting shots from all kinds of precarious situations and turning #PhilWasHere into a trending topic in the golf world.
Here are a few of our favorites.