Phil Mickelson has change into one of the vital divisive figures in all of sports activities. That largely pertains to his allegiance to LIV Golf after leaving the PGA Tour. But, he nonetheless is a fan favourite.
On Thursday, his newest “Story Time with Phil” video on Twitter is one other instance of why so many individuals proceed to root for Lefty. Sitting on a golf cart, Mickelson started the story by setting the scene — his first main championship win, the 2004 Masters.
Mickelson 2004 Masters
“I began working with Dave Pells, and we’d do a towel drill the place I’d lay towels down at particular yardages all the way in which as much as 175 yards,” Mickelson mentioned. “I would hit these photographs time and again to construct a reference level. I ended up successful the Amex — my first match since I began doing this. Then I went into Augusta with a whole lot of momentum.”
In fact, Mickelson wished to proceed doing what labored, so he took that towel drill to Augusta Nationwide for the Masters.
“There was an East Vary and a West Vary — completely completely different vary than we have now now,” Mickelson mentioned. “As you are searching on the Membership down Magnolia lane, the left aspect, the west aspect was for the driving vary, and the best was this massive open subject with a chipping inexperienced over there. I’d lay the towels and hit photographs as much as 160-175 yards.”
The 45-time PGA Tour winner claimed his first inexperienced jacket that 12 months, and he credited that towel drill as a part of the rationale he lastly conquered Augusta Nationwide. Quick ahead to the subsequent 12 months at The Masters, and that is when the story will get attention-grabbing.
Mickelson 2005 Masters
He went to do his towel drill on the east vary once more, however the membership put up an indication that acknowledged, ‘East Observe Vary is for brief recreation solely.’ As a substitute of accepting defeat, Mickelson took motion into his personal fingers.
“After the champions’ dinner, I let all of the champions go away first,” Lefty famous. “I’m going down Magnolia Lane, and I park the automotive. I crawl underneath the magnolias. I take that signal, and I wiggle and wiggle — I elevate and yank it out. I throw it into the again of my SUV — off I’m going.”
“I present up the subsequent morning, and there’s no signal there. I begin hitting my photographs, and I do my towel drill, and I do all of it week lengthy.”
The next 12 months arrives, and Mickelson once more makes an attempt to do his routine.
Mickelson 2006 Masters
“I present up, and I’ll go do my towel drill once more — there’s a signal there, ‘East Observe Vary is for brief recreation solely,'” Mickelson mentioned. “So I wait until everyone leaves after the champions’ dinner. I park my automotive over Magnolia Lane, and I crawl underneath the magnolias — I wiggle and wiggle and get this signal out. I throw it behind my truck, and off I’m going.”
“I present up the subsequent day, and I’ll do my towel drill, and there may be one other signal there. It by no means dawned on me that there are cameras in all places. And there may be some video of me crawling underneath the magnolias with the blokes saying, ‘Have a look at this fool, like what’s he doing?'”
Mickelson stopped the story there, leaving the impression he was performed doing military crawls at evening to steal indicators. As a substitute, he determined to tease the followers some.
“Now, a whole lot of you may wager that’s not a real story,” Mickelson mentioned. “Now, I am not a betting man, so I am not going to take it, however I would not try this as a result of it is a true story.”
After he mentioned that, the three-time Masters winner held up the very signal from the story.
His betting man remark sparked some improbable reactions from the followers.
Mickelson has been within the highlight just lately because of numerous excerpts from Billy Waters’ guide about him. Followers known as him out on Twitter and performed proper into his antics.
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Savannah Leigh Richardson is a golf workers author for SB Nation’s Enjoying Via. You possibly can comply with her on Twitter @SportsGirlSL and Instagram @savannah_leigh_sports for extra golf protection. You’ll want to try @_PlayingThrough too.