PARAMUS, N.J. – For Phil Mickelson, it was an eerie case of déjà vu.
Or as he put it while his ball sailed through the air toward the fifth hole hospitality area: “Not again!”
One day after hitting a tee shot way left on the driveable par 4 and chipping out from a carpeted area filled with spectators, Mickelson did the exact same thing during Saturday morning’s third round.
Only difference? This time he made par.
“I almost made birdie this time, though,” he said afterward with a smile. “I knew it came off a little faster than I was expecting, so I played it a little shorter and it turned out good.”
On Friday afternoon, he hit a similar shot into a greenside bunker and failed to get up and down from there, leaving him with a bogey.
When asked whether Saturday’s shot was easier because he’d practiced it just one day earlier, Mickelson replied, “I knew the number, yeah.”
He wasn’t so fortunate on four other holes, though, as he posted a triple bogey and three bogeys on the back nine to shoot a 4-over 75 and miss the secondary cut.
“I’m barely keeping my sanity, I’m so frustrated," he said. "I love playing in the New York area. I mean, the people here are incredible and the golf course is wonderful. I wish the par 5s were a little more exciting, but this course is spectacular.”
The grounds crew at Ridgewood tweeted out pictures of Phil's landmarks at the hospitality tent:
The 3rd round has barely begun and Phil has already done it again from the left of 5. This time he hit the green. pic.twitter.com/Z8Z33pEYdi— Ridgewood CC Grounds (@RCC_Grounds) August 23, 2014