Phil Mickelson goes barefoot for another mud shot



Now that’s trudging through the mud for the game.

Golf star Phil Mickelson had to step in a lake to make a great save two days in a row in the first round of the PGA Tour Champions Cologuard Classic this weekend. After sinking his shoes in the mud Friday, he went bare foot Saturday for another lakeside shot.

The 50-year-old Mickelson found himself near the water on the par-5 15th hole, with his ball falling just short of going all the way in. The five-time major championship winner had the wit to take off his shoes and socks before stepping in the lake.

Despite the fact that his ball was just inches from being submerged in the water, Mickelson was able to make his swing and manage not to cover himself in mud. He put it on the green with his third, and although he missed the putt, Mickelson made par on the hole.

On Friday, Mickelson went in with his shoes on with his ball on the fringes of a lake on hole No. 15 at the Omni Tucson National Resort to get himself out of trouble.

He was in for a birdie two shots later and eventually revealed that getting his feet wet “kind of calmed me down for the last few holes.”

Mickelson shot a second-round 72 and was eight shots off the lead, putting his bid for a historic three-wins-in-three-starts on the Champions tour in jeopardy.


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