It took Keegan Bradley to teach Phil Mickelson one of golf's most obvious lessons: The game is more fun from the fairway. According to Alex Miceli of Golfweek, that's what Lefty learned from playing alongside driving machine Keegan Bradley in the Ryder Cup. And, while Mickelson says the loss still stings, working on the getting it in the short grass has helped keep enthusiasm high:
Not only did their friendship grow from Medinah, but also the left-hander learned how to play golf differently — from the middle of the fairway — and he liked the result.
“I saw some things where I can improve my game, and I have this new kind of excitement and energy that Keegan has, and it's rubbed off on me and I am excited to play and work and practice,” Mickelson said. “I saw an opportunity to where if I could drive the ball the way Keegan did, I would really have some opportunities and chances to do something special in my career and have some of my best finishes.”
Of course, Mickelson fans have known that for years now. And Bradley, whom we really should count among those fans, sees serious room for Mickelson to improve:
“In the alternate-shot format, I was putting Phil in some great spots, and Phil with a wedge or any sort of iron from the fairway is deadly,” Bradley said. “If he's got a wedge and it's outside 5 feet, I'm shocked. So I think he's going to try to focus in on getting the ball in the fairway more and in play, because he's the absolute best iron player I've ever seen.”
Mickelson will test this new, visionary approach to the game this week at the WGC HSBC Championship in Mission Hills, China. RELATED PHOTOS: Mickelson’s Career in Pictures