As Phil Mickelson stood in the middle of TPC Boston’s 15th fairway on Sunday his mind raced back 12 months to a similar wedge shot into the par 4 that clipped the flag and led to a bogey.
“He turned to me and said, ‘I’ll try to mss the flag this time,’” Mickelson’s caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay said.
No such luck, with the pin cut in the same spot, six paces from the left edge and 11 paces deep, Lefty’s approach caromed off the flagstick and into the rough.
In an ode to the power of positive thinking, or perhaps a cosmic make good for last year’s rub, Mickelson called his next shot as well. “He was standing there smoking and said, ‘I’m gonna chip this in,’” Mackay said.
The chip-in birdie helped lift Lefty to a 67, into a tie for fourth place and all square with the golf gods, at least as far the 15th hole at TPC Boston is concerned.