It was Oscar Wilde who famously wrote the phrase "life imitates art." He certainly had to have been referring to Phil Mickelson, who always seems to be one shot away from needing to pull off a scene from a sequel to "Tin Cup" or "Happy Gilmore."
Friday's second round of The Barclays was a perfect example. Mickelson hit his tee shot on the par-4 fifth hole well left, and then got an unfortunate bounce when his ball ricocheted into the grandstand.
Ninety-nine percent of the field would have surveyed the situation and taken a drop. But Phil being Phil, that's all the more reason to do something extraordinary (or take a page right out of Hollywood) or foolish.
Besides, how often do you get a perfect lie on all-weather carpet and a clear shot to the green over a row of chairs and a beer bottle? Just watch.
Unfortunately, real life doesn't always mirror Hollywood. If it had, Mickelson's ball would have gone in the hole, or at least landed on the green. Instead, he failed to get up and down from the bunker and had to settle for bogey.
But for the crowd in the grandstand, it may have been the most exciting bogey of the day.
And unbelievably, Mickelson did it AGAIN on Saturday morning. Except this time he made par, mainly because he had already practiced the shot 24 hours before!
You truly can't make this stuff up, folks. Talk about your flair for the dramatic.