Phil Mickelson didn’t have the best of days at Pebble Beach on Saturday.
The 42-year-old golfer, ranked tenth in the world, produced a triple bogey on the 18th hole at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, but not before slipping on his butt while hunting for a lost ball.
When Mickelson’s drive at the final hole landed on the beach left of the fairway, the golfer trudged off to look for his lost ball. While searching rocks near water, Mickelson slipped on his backside before quickly standing up again and brushing himself down. Fortunately, the only thing hurt was Mickelson’s pride. Unfortunately, TV cameras seem to miss nothing at these events. The golfer later reflected:
“I got lucky. I didn’t get hurt.”
Mickelson is the defending champion in this tournament, which he has won four times. Alas, a fifth title now looks out of his grasp. Mickelson’s 1-over par 73 left him at 1-under for the tournament, and he only just made the cut.
Until the final hole, Mickelson felt he had a genuine chance to pull himself back into contention. He told Mercury News:
“That triple [bogey] takes a lot of the wind out, because I could have made a birdie on the last hole, been within 5-6-7 shots of the lead, you never know. But now that put me a bit too far back.
“I was just a little bit off on the greens, just a little bit off on the driving, just a little bit off on the irons. I just couldn’t get going, and then to finish with a triple, it doesn’t feel great. I just wish I had played a lot better.”
Regardless of his performance, Phil still gave us a titter with his comedy fall. Better luck next time, sir.