Everyone knows Phil Mickelson is a left-handed golfer, hence the nickname Lefty. What you may not know, is that he can hit a righty wedge shot better than most of the U.S. Ryder Cup Team!
Team USA paid a visit to Gillete Stadium this week in honor of being in Boston for the Deutsche Bank Championship. They got their bonding on and even competed in a little healthy competition.
Zach Johnson brought a bucket of balls from TPC Boston and Vice captain Tom Lehman helped arrange for a flagstick to be set up on the field. Shots were fired from a platform behind the end zone, on the pure Patriots turf.
The catch? There was only one wedge to play with and it was a righty club.
— Andre Tippett (@AndreTippett) September 2, 2016
As you can see, Lefty made it within 5 ft of the pin, right handed. The other balls scattered around the pin show that this team needs to focus on their short game within the next few weeks.
“Phil hit it to four feet right-handed on his second try, which made all of us feel really bad,” said Jordan Spieth, “because he sure let us know about it.”
Lefty totally has the right to brag here.
“I think it was just a fun night to spend time together in a non-competitive light,” Mickelson said.
It’s encouraging to see the U.S. Team taking the time to gain some camaraderie within the group to prepare for the Ryder Cup. This is something that hasn’t happened in the past and that the team has been criticized for.
Do you hear that? I think it’s the sound of an American victory!