|Phil Mickelson watches his shot from the first fairway during the final round of the PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga., Aug. 14, 2011. (JEFF HAYNES/Reuters)
JOHNS CREEK, GA. - Phil Mickelson was a big name at the PGA Championship who looked like he could make a move.
But Lefty, who has been struggling with his putter for a month, couldn’t get it going and missed a chance to add to his majors trophy haul this past weekend. With Tiger Woods struggling and largely inexperienced names occupying the leaderboard, it’s another chance gone for San Diego, Calif., native.
Mickelson couldn’t parlay a huge break on the third hole when his wild drive to the rough left of the fairway cracked off the skull of an elderly gentleman and caromed right into the middle of the fairway.
When Mickelson and caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay arrived on the scene, the man was sitting cross-legged on the ground with a bloody napkin on the left side of his forehand.
“Now you’re officially a member of the team,” said Mackay.
“I am so, so sorry,” said Mickelson.
“It’s my first tournament,” said the man.
Mickelson reached into his pocket and signed a glove for the man.
“If this hadn’t been your first tournament and you weren’t watching me for the first time,” said Mickelson, “you would know to keep an eye out for me.”
That drew a big laugh from the crowd.
Mickelson knocked the ball on the green and made a par on his way to a even-par 70 and a tie for 19th.