On Saturday at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Phil Mickelson showed off the type of short-game wizardry you can only expect to come from Phil Mickelson. Still, his spinning wedge shot on the 4th hole has to be seen to be believed.
Coming off a bogey-birdie start to the third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Mickelson hit his tee shot on the 4th wide left into an awkward lie in a fairway bunker. But just when he seemed set up for disaster, he pulled off a shot that would save his score.
Mickelson slashed at his ball in the bunker, sending it some 95 yards to the back of the green, but with some serious momentum. The ball hopped once on the putting surface, then bounded a solid 20 feet into the rough.
Then, somehow, after nearly coming to a full stop, the ball spun back through the rough with authority and rolled out several yards back towards the hole before finishing just two feet from the cup.
Mickelson holed that short putt for birdie to move to 11 under. He struggled on the rest of the front, but a late eagle earned him a round of two-under 70. He will begin the final round tied for second, three shots behind leader Paul Casey.