News & ToursAugust 15, 2015

Phil Mickelson makes a majors career-best nine birdies on moving day at the PGA

Even if he doesn't win a second Wanamaker Trophy this week, Phil Mickelson seems to have enjoyed his time at Whistling Straits. On Friday, he turned one of the course's many hills into his own personal slip-n-slide. On Saturday, he hit a spectacular recovery shot from one of the track's many bunkers and waved to people on a boat.

Oh, and he also made a ton of birdies.

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In fact, Mickelson's nine birdies in the third round are the most he's ever made in a round at any major in his career. By the time he completed his 66, Mickelson had vaulted up the leader board 45 spots, from making the cut on the number to moving into a tie for 16th.

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Unfortunately for Phil, as big of a move as he made, it probably won't be big enough. His three bogeys -- plus a three-putt par on No. 16 -- kept him from shooting lower and his five-under total probably won't look as good at the end of a day that's provided perfect scoring conditions.

But we'll always have those nine birdies. And that boat wave. And that hill. Thanks, Phil.

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