Lefty doubles up on drivers again at Doral
DORAL, Fla. – Phil Mickelson is at it again.
Playing golf, yes. And doing it carrying two drivers in the bag here at the WGC-CA Championship at the TPC Blue Monster at Doral.
Four years ago, you’ll remember Phil tuned up for a two-driver Masters by using two drivers at the BellSouth Classic in Atlanta, where he shot 28 under and won by a whopping 13 shots; a week later, he went on to win his second green jacket at Augusta.
Mickelson said the idea to carry two drivers on a blustery day at Doral – winds gusted to 25 mph – was the idea of his seasoned caddie, Jim “Bones” Mackay. Here’s the deal: Mickelson hits the Callaway FT-9 Tour driver that is his usual “gamer” high and long, and carries it a long ways. “It carries forever,” he said.
The “other” driver that made its way into his bag was an old Callaway FT-5 that was stored at his house, a driver with which he won at Pebble Beach three years ago. With that one, he can flight the ball lower, something that came in handy on a breezy opening day at Doral. To make room for the extra driver, he took his 57-degree wedge out of the bag.
“There are times,” he said, “when you don’t need those 20 extra yards.”
Truth be told, he didn’t drive it great with either driver. He hit only three fairways on the day, but got to the house in 1-under 71, which wasn’t bad considering his playing and practice time have been limited of late. With a 68-player field and later tee times, he was able to get in a solid morning workout with his teacher, Butch Harmon.
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Mickelson skipped the WGC-Accenture Match Play in Arizona earlier this season to spend Spring Break with his wife, Amy, and their three children. He said Thursday he’ll make up for missing the Match Play event by playing at Bay Hill in two weeks, meaning he’ll play the two weeks (Bay Hill and Shell Houston) leading into Augusta National.
As for his two-driver approach, don’t be surprised to see it again, though it’s not likely he’d do it again at the Masters.
“It’s not for every course,” he said, “but today, it was so windy, it worked out well.”