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"Phil Was Here": A Barclays tradition continues with Mickelson's latest memorable recovery shot

August 25, 2016

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- At the 2014 Barclays at Ridgewood Country Club, Phil Mickelson hit shots from the same hospitality tent on the fifth hole on back-to-back days. The highlights went viral and prompted the PGA Tour to start a fun "Phil was here" Twitter campaign after someone on Ridgewood's staff spray-painted those words on the spots of astroturf from which Phil played his recovery shots.


People got really creative in praising Mickelson's magical ability to escape some tough spots:

And in Thursday's opening round at the Barclays, Mickelson added another memorable recovery shot to lore, this time, on Bethpage Black's 16th hole. Well, sort of.

After a drive into the heavy left rough, Mickelson slashed a second shot that went dead right and wound up nearer to the 17th hole. But from about 40 yards -- and barely able to make out the pin with fescue and mounded bunkers in between him and the green -- lefty launched a high flop shot that just landed on the right side of the green and then funneled down to about two feet from the cup, setting up a tap-in par and causing roars from the Bethpage Black crowd.

Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be video of the remarkable recovery, but here's how it looked on PGA Tour Shot Tracker:


And here's the spot where Phil hit from:


I didn't have any spray paint on me, so that will have to do for now.