"Sorry," Mickelson said to his caddie. "I simply didn't feel like telling you what I was going to do."
Now there's a bronze plaque in the bunker commemorating Phil's feat.
"I don't like risks like that," Pelz says. "He still only made par. I believe in taking a chance only when you can save a shot." The instructor pauses. "I haven't gotten him to play more conservatively."
Dave's Data: Sawgrass Trouble Spots in 2007
No. 1 Longest 30% of drives found fairway only 60% of time
No. 4 Only one in 12 players who missed fairway made birdie
No. 5 Average player lost two thirds of a stroke every time he missed fairway
No. 6 Twenty players three-putted greenhighest total on front nine
No. 7 Ranked first in double bogeys or worse
No. 8 Highest in putts per hole
No. 12 Average score for drives in rough was almost a half-stroke higher than for drives in fairway
No. 14 Players had only a 5.4% chance of making birdie if they missed fairway
No. 17 Only one of six saved par from bunker
No. 18 Only 31.6% hit green in regulation