Phil Mickelson has 'Bones' keep flag out ... for imaginary putt

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Phil Mickelson has 'Bones' keep flag out ... for imaginary putt

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Phil Mickelson has 'Bones' keep flag out ... for imaginary putt

At the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, golfers often hit practice putts on a green after finishing out that hole.

Phil Mickelson has a different way of going about this.

The left-hander is once again in cruise control at Austin (Texas) Country Club, as Mickelson is pummeling Marc Leishman in Saturday morning’s Round of 16 at the WGC-Dell Match Play. Mickelson won the par-4 10th with a conceded birdie to move 4 up in the match.

But he still wished to practice the 5-footer for birdie after the concession. Mickelson could’ve made a practice putt with an actual ball, but instead did an imaginary practice stroke.

That’s all well and good. The unusual part? Jim “Bones” Mackay, Mickelson’s caddie, was going to put the pin back in but acted as if his man was hitting a real practice putt. Hilariously, Mackay waited for Mickelson’s imaginary putt to “drop” before putting the flag back in.

That is commitment right there.

This all may seem a bit strange, but considering how Mickelson is playing this week, we’re not questioning any of Lefty’s methods.

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