Did Phil Mickelson leave his driver in California?
Following an early morning flight to Philadelphia from San Diego , Mickelson showed up at Merion with five wedges in his bag instead of a driver, according to the Associated Press. The 3-wood he'll use off the tee isn't his "Phrankenwood," but he can still carry 280 with the club.
Over the years, Mickelson has always been open to altering his club selection according to the tournament venue or weather. His short game coach, Dave Pelz, said in 2008 that Phil has 19 clubs that he feels comfortable rotating in and out.
Phil's "Phrankenwood," a driver with a three-wood sized head, is just the latest in a list of notable equipment strategies he has used in the past. He won the 2006 Masters with two drivers (one set up to draw, one to fade), went with no driver for the first two rounds in the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines where he finished in 18th, and he broke out a nine-year-old Titleist fairway wood for the 2012 BMW Championship.
Before the weather delay, Mickelson was even through five holes with one birdie and one bogey.