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The 2021 Amex Charity Challenge might have been Phil Mickelson's best mic'd-up performance yet

January 21, 2021

Giving Phil Mickelson a microphone is like giving candy to a kid. You know that in five minutes they’re going to be bouncing off the walls, babbling incoherently, refusing to eat their vegetables, but you can’t help yourself because the spectacle is so damn fun. That, in a nutshell, is the mic’d-up Phil experience, which reached new heights of absurdity on Wednesday at the Amex Charity Challenge, where Phil, official host and unofficial MC, was handed complete control of the airwaves. Sit back, relax, and turn that sound up.

We don’t care who you are, that’s just good, clean entertainment. The 2021 Amex Charity Challenge pitted Paul Casey and country music troubadour Jake Owen against Tony Finau and USMNT legend Landon Donovan. Phil was merely along for the ride but could still be heard jabbering about everything from his coffee method (he has a small press he uses for freshly ground whole beans) to Secrets of the Short Game, available for three easy payments of $19.95, as he made sure to point out.

Lefty’s chatter wasn’t limited to just self-promotion, however. He talked some casual trash, revisited the scene of one of his greatest bunker embarrassments, expressed almost physical attraction to Tony Finau’s bombs, and even took a few shots at himself, saying “I’m gonna watch and talk smack, which is what I do better than play right now.”

As for the multi-million dollar question—will we be seeing a lot more of mic’d-up Phil in the near future—Casey asked him that point blank. “Phil this talking thing is pretty easy for you,” Casey said. “Is this a future kind of career? Is this an audition right here?”

“Well,” Phil replied. “It’s the first time nobody has said shut up.”