Phil Mickelson Forced to Hit Right-Handed in Opening Match of Ryder Cup

September 30, 2016
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Phil Mickelson put a lot of pressure on himself to perform well at this week’s Ryder Cup. He’s been the face of the new task force and presumably hand-picked Rickie Fowler as his foursomes partner in the first session on Friday morning.

It got off to a rough start. The American duo was already down two holes when they reached the par-5 6th. Mickelson pumped one out of bounds, forcing Fowler to re-tee. He would push one way right with the ball landing near a fence. It was Mickelson’s turn to hit, but he couldn’t take a proper swing left-handed, so he turned a club upside down and took a swipe right-handed. It didn’t go so well.

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Mickelson’s swing looked like it almost missed the clubface, then squirted through some fans before trying to make its way back into the fairway. They would card a double-bogey 7, losing to a McIlroy/Sullivan birdie to go 3 down through 6. They did rebound nicely, winning the next two holes to get back to all square.