I sat up last night watching the US Open on my PVR and decided that Phil Mickelson just does some things — like carrying two drivers, or in the instance of this US Open, well, no driver — just to be Phil.
But how does it make sense not to hit driver when you hit less than half the fairways with your 3-wood? This is the most asinine strategy I think I’ve seen, especially since Mickelson can’t find the short grass with a shorter club. Why not at least advance it farther with his driver? Or is Phil really that erratic with his driver? Oh, don’t answer that last one.
Phil the Thrill explains:
Mickelson opted to add an extra wedge and use an 11.5-degree 3-wood off the tee.
Mickelson loves to show he is smarter than everyone else (or so he thinks). He decided the 3-wood gave him plenty of distance for Torrey Pines, which is playing to 7,643 yards.
“My game plan was that I only want to hit a certain distance,” Mickelson said. “I don’t really want to hit it past 300 yards on most of the par 4s because it starts running into the rough.”
So far Mickelson hasn’t had to worry about balls rolling into the rough — most of his 3-woods have landed there.
While I’m ranting, I think the US Open site — on something called Majorchampionships.com — is terrible. No stats, just scorecards. Makes PGAtour.com look brilliant in comparison.