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Phil Mickelson's Clubhead Flies Off After Bunker Shot

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Phil Mickelson stares in disbelief at his headless iron shaft.

When you watch Phil Mickelson play a round on the PGA Tour, you're bound to witness something you've never seen before, especially when he's playing well. Usually, the wow factor comes from how the ball flies through the air.

On Thursday, it was Mickelson's clubhead that did the flying.

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During the first round of the Valero Texas Open, Mickelson took out his 8-iron to attempt an approach shot from an awkward lie in a fairway bunker on the par-4 12th hole. Little did he know it would be the last shot he'd ever take with that particular club. Lefty then took a mighty swing, but immediately on impact, his clubhead snapped off the shaft and flew forward out of the bunker while his ball hit the lip and advanced about 40 yards in the fairway. You can watch the video below.

 

 

Phil went on to make bogey at 12 but recovered nicely, eventually finishing with a stellar two-under 70 on a difficult, windy day at TPC San Antonio.

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