SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Phil Mickelson’s football fun on the 16th hole appears to be finished. Lefty’s brother, Tim, head golf coach at Arizona State, brought out a bag of signed footballs for Mickelson to toss into the rowdy crowd here at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
On the eve of the NFL’s Super Bowl XLVIII, Mickelson said he thought about playing quarterback for several holes leading up to the arena-like No. 16 at TPC Scottsdale and completely lost focus. His gap wedge off the tee was a weak effort, and the shots that followed weren’t much better. He flopped his second shot into a bunker and then missed the 8-footer for bogey. Mickelson called it “pathetic.”
“I don’t remember ever hitting a shot like that,” he said, “even in practice.”
Mickelson made double-bogey 5 on the raucous hole and was booed for his efforts. He still managed to walk off the green with a cheesy grin, however, giving fans a hearty thumbs up.
“I think it’s the last time I’m going to do that,” he said. The 2013 Phoenix Open champ shot 72 on Saturday to fall out of contention, into a tie for 40th at 3-under 210.