Phil Gives Short Game Gift to Alma Mater
Although he’s not leading the Genesis Open, Phil Mickelson, amidst a cold and wet day, pulled off an impressive shot that snuggled him in nicely at three shots from the leader, Sam Saunders yesterday. On the par-5 17th hole, Phil pushes his approach shot that hit the top of the grandstands and dropped to within pitching distance to a short-sided pin. With a shot that he’s perfected over the last 24 years on tour, Mickelson pulls out his 64-degree wedge and holes it.
No doubt, confidence and skill around the green has been a big part of Lefty’s success in his career (and money games). In a recent article with Golf Digest he’s uncovered plans to help out his alma mater, Arizona State (Go Sun Devils!), with “the single greatest short-game facility in the country”. The school just signed a 30-year agreement with it’s new home-track, Papago Golf Course in Tempe, AZ. Amongst the 6750 sq. ft. of indoor facilities and 2400 sq. ft. of covered outdoor space there will be a Phil Mickelson-designed short-game area that will help recruit and refine young guns’ games.
Great to see Phil help share the gift that he has clearly been given!