Phil Mickelson’s Deutsche Bank Championship began in a less than ideal way for the 46-year-old.
Lefty was even par through five holes when his approach on the par-4 sixth hole strayed into a water hazard. The ever-creative Mickelson believed he had a chance for good contact among the thick, six-foot tall reeds that bordered the water. He was wrong.
Mickelson took two swipes at his ball, and the Golf Channel TV cameras never saw it exit the trouble. Nor did his caddie. His caddie, Bones Mackay, had to answer the unfortunate question of "Did it come out?" with a quick "No." Mickelson would accept his punishment and retreat to the other side of the hazard for a drop before approaching the green again. He would make an eight for quadruple bogey.