Updated 5:20 p.m. ET
Phil Mickelson appeared to reach peak Phil Mickelson on the opening hole Saturday. Then he took it up a few notches.
Starting the day two off the lead, he attempted to drive the first green with a faded fairway wood, but hit a double-cross hook 52 yards long and right of the green.
For his second shot, Mickelson pulled off a towering flop over a tree blocking his path to the green that came up just short of the putting surface:
Phil from this... pic.twitter.com/Ithz9I9mNT— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) March 4, 2017
And from off the green, he made sure he wouldn't need a fourth shot - or a putter:
On the 10th hole, Mickelson received a free drop after it was determined a fan picked up his ball. After taking that drop, he played this shot over the trees and onto the green, where he then two-putted for par:
Two holes later, he successfully obtained free relief from the woods when he argued that a sprinkler head in the trees obstructed his stance:
Phil's somewhere in there... pic.twitter.com/ac99x7Qs3C— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) March 4, 2017
Two holes after that at 14, Mickelson flared his drive well left, smacked a tree with his second shot, hit his third shot (played from the opposite side of the hole after the ball caromed off a tree) to the back fringe and rolled in a 30-footer for par:
Only Phil. Only Phil.