During the U.S. Ryder Cup team’s visit to Gillette Stadium, they had a closest-to-the-pin-contest. This contest was won by Mr. Phil Mickelson, who hit it to four feet. It really isn’t a big deal that Phil won because his wedge game has always been pretty on point. The thing that made it more unique was that the left-handed Phil hit his shot right handed.
After winning, Phil did what he does best and ribbed the rest of the guys on the team because clearly golf is easier if you’re right-handed.
Via Jason Sobel at ESPN:
“Honestly, it’s just not that hard to play golf right-handed,” Mickelson said Thursday, smile on his face and tongue firmly in cheek. “I think the real challenge and enjoyment I get is from trying to play the game left-handed.”
This was peak Phil, a world-class needler doing some world-class needling.
“Hitting a wedge is not that hard, righty or lefty,” he continued, still smiling. “It’s when I get to the longer stuff, like driver, I have a hard time righty. Of course, I have a hard time hitting driver lefty, too. But hitting wedges has always been pretty easy.”
Laying it on extra thick, Mickelson insisted he didn’t want to rub in this victory to his teammates.
“I wouldn’t want them to feel bad. As a guy who knows how sensitive these players can be, I didn’t want to overemphasize my victory last night. It didn’t go unnoticed, but I didn’t need to harp on it. I didn’t need to make a big deal of it. They’re just a little touchy about that kind of stuff.”
And that folks is just one of the many reasons that Phil Mickelson is fun.