Phil Mickelson and caddie Bones Mackay during Mickelson's opening round at the PGA Championship on Thursday (Getty).Due to a rain delay, Phil Mickelson didn't finish his first round at Oak Hill until almost 8 p.m. Thursday night, but his day wasn't close to over. After finishing at 1-over with a double-bogey on the last hole, Mickelson and his caddie Bones Mackay went straight to the Oak Hill driving range for an emergency fix-it session. According to SBNation, Mackay went over to the Sky Sports booth to grab Mickelson's swing coach Butch Harmon so Harmon could join Mickelson on the range. Mickelson told ESPN that the session with Harmon was helpful.
"I was working on the exact opposite thing we needed to do; I'm glad I had a few minutes with him," Mickelson said. "I wanted to be able to think about what I want to do tomorrow tonight as opposed to trying to find it in the morning.Mickelson didn't leave the driving range until well after darkness fell on Oak Hill, according to Yahoo Sports:
"I fought hard. But even when I was making birdies, it didn't feel good. I was fighting to keep it in play. It's starting to feel a little better now. Tomorrow will be a big day."
Daylight vanished, a light rain came, course attendants pulled the placards lined up behind him, swing coach Butch Harmon came and loosened his tie, and still Mickelson fired shot after shot into the darkness.
The rain got heavier, his shirt clinging to him, and still he blasted those iron shots and watched to make sure each one landed where he wanted. He hunched over, he put a hand on his left hip, he twisted and stretched, he lined up two wedges to train his stance. But most of all he stared straight into the ground.