Phil Mickelson a Hero to Little Girl at FedEx St. Jude Classic

LA QUINTA, CA - JANUARY 20:  Phil Mickelson signs autographs for fans after the second round of the Humana Challenge In Partnership With the Clinton Foundation on the Nicklaus Private Course at PGA West on January 20, 2012 in La Quinta, California.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

After finishing his final round Sunday at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, Phil Mickelson was being Phil Mickelson.

First, Lefty drained a 25-foot birdie putt to close out a 5-under 65 at TPC Southwind that left him in a tie for third place. Then, he did something more important.

Mickelson walked over to a little girl affiliated with Memphis’ St. Jude Children’s Hospital who was the honorary flag bearer on the final hole. He gave the girl his ball from the round and a signed glove. Mickelson’s caddie, Jim Mackay, gave his caddie bib to the girl and put it on her before Mickelson signed it.

The Mickelson took a few seconds to give some words of encouragement to the girl, to the delight of the crowd in attendance.

“We’re wishing you the best of luck, you know that?” Mickelson said. “You’ve got a lot of people pulling for you.”

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As Peter Kostis said during today’s telecast of the FedEx St. Jude Classic, if you lose your perspective as a PGA Tour pro, a week at TPC Southwind will help you gain sight of the important things in life.

One of the greatest charitable traditions on the PGA Tour is the “Little Loopers” program at the tournament, where patients at the St. Jude Children’s Hospital are paired up with a pro for the week.

Seriously, how many golfers are as caring and give back as much as Phil? The answer – not many.

Ben Crane; 2014 St. Jude Champion

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