February 19, 2017 - 2:07pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Phil Mickelson
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It's almost as if the higher the degree of difficulty on a golf shot, the easier to pull off for Phil Mickelson.

Phil Mickelson is a magician with a wedge. That's all there is to it.

In case you hadn't heard, Riviera has been hammered with heavy rain the last several days. While the course has drained incredibly well (hat tip to the grounds crew), anyone who has played the game before knows that hitting a ball from wet rough -- period -- isn't a whole lot of fun.

The water just makes that grass clumpier than usual and it's extremely difficult to gauge how the ball will react coming off the clubface.

That goes double for when you have a bunker right in front of you and you're trying to hack the ball out to a tightly cut hole location.

Unless, of course, you're Phil Mickelson. Then you can simply do what he did on Sunday at the short, par-4 10th with this splendid pitch-in eagle:

Yep. That'll work. 

Phil Mickelson pitches in for eagle from nasty, wet rough at Riviera
February 19, 2017 - 11:05am
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T.J. Auclair
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Phil Mickelson
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Ball in the green. Bunker between your ball and the hole. For Phil Mickelson, that wasn't an issue at Riviera on Saturday.

Remember that old, "What will Phil do next?" ad campaign from several years back?

Well, it would be just as relevant today as it was back then because the truth is... we never truly know what Phil Mickelson will do next. And even when we have a pretty good inkling, he still manages to amaze.

Take Saturday at the Genesis Open as the latest example.

Playing the famous par-3 sixth hole at Riviera -- the one that features a pot bunker smack in the middle of its green -- Mickelson hit his tee shot on the wrong side of the bunker, meaning the ball, though on the green, had that nasty bunker between it and the hole.

No worries for Lefty.

With a lofted wedge in hand, Mickelson executed this jaw-dropping shot that settled just 5 feet from the hole:

 

 

Unfortunately, Mickelson would miss the par putt, but who cares?! 

It's not the first time Mickelson has done this at Riviera. Check this out from years ago:

 

 

Phil Mickelson hits wedge off Riviera's sixth green
February 17, 2017 - 12:48pm
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