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Phil Mickelson tries backwards shot, fails, wins the hearts of America anyway

August 29, 2015

The Barclays' leader board will say Phil Mickelson is in 30th place or so at the end of Saturday play.

Yet Mickelson's undoubtedly No. 1 in the hearts of the Plainfield galleries after attempting this backwards shot in his third round:

Sure, if you want to rain on the parade, you could point out that the trick shot failed. But, as Teddy Roosevelt once said, "Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat."

See mom, told you that history minor would someday pay off.