Mickelson hits backwards shot at Muirfield

Thousands of golf fans line up to watch action on the 18th green of the Augusta National Golf Club during the third round of the Masters Golf Tournament, April 10, 1971 in Augusta, Ga.

Mickelson hits backwards shot at Muirfield

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Mickelson hits backwards shot at Muirfield

We’re still a few days away from the first tee time at the Open Championship at Muirfield, but already Phil Mickelson is making some incredible shots on the links.

During Monday’s practice round at Muirfield, Mickelson found himself just off the putting surface with his ball in a tough spot, resting in some thick rough up against a hill. But instead of attempting a difficult shot on a severe down-slope, Mickelson decided to use the up-slope, turning away from the cup and hitting a high shot backwards to about 10 feet of the hole.

Pretty impressive, although we’ve seen Lefty do this before.

Also, check out Phil Mickelson’s attempt at the ‘Happy Gilmore’ golf shot. Blog & video.

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