PARAMUS, N.J. – Phil Mickelson played the fifth hole at Ridgewood Country Club on Friday afternoon in quintessential Phil Mickelson fashion – except he failed to save the par.
After pushing his tee shot way left on the driveable par-4, Mickelson found his ball in a hospitality area just left of the green. Rather than take a drop, he decided to play it from there.
“My drop was going to be in hay,” he explained. “I had a clear lie on nice ground there and played it.”
Surrounded by boisterous fans – many of whom tried to offer Mickelson a cold beverage – he took out a wedge and played a chip shot from off the carpeted patio and over a row of chairs.
The ball flew over the green, though, landing in a nearby bunker.
“It wasn't hard to make contact,” he said. “It was hard to hit it on that skinny little green and get it to stop. That was it.”
From there, he hit his bunker shot to 6 feet, but failed to convert the par-saving putt.
He wound up shooting 1-over 72 for the round, making the cut on the number.
As to whether this was the first time he’d ever hit a shot from a hospitality area, Mickelson smiled and replied, “No. If you hit it off‑line enough, you're going to see those spots.”
He also seemed to relish being able to play a shot that most of his peers wouldn’t even attempt.
“Yeah, I don't mind it. It's fun.”