January 20, 2017 - 10:33am
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European Tour
The European Tour social media team pumps out some great, hilarious content. Its latest #AwkwardReporter effort is right up there among its best.

Our friends on the European Tour's social media team are at it again with a laugh-out-loud video they've dubbed, "#AwkwardReporter."

In the video, former European Tour Ryder Cup players Nicolas Colsaerts and Chris Wood are at the controls directing an "awkward reporter" on what questions to ask some of the best players in the game, including Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Lee Westwood and Henrik Stenson.

Among the highlights? Colsaerts and Wood instruct the reporter to ask Dustin Johnson, "anything you want... as long as you address him as 'Zach Johnson.'"

From there, the reporter introduces Dustin as "two-time major champion, winner of the Masters and the Open, Zach Johnson."

Dustin cuts him off and says, "I'm Dustin."

The reporter also calls Westwood, "Liam." When Westwood tells him it's "Lee" the reporter asks if that's short for "Liam" or "Leo."

Here's the entire video, which runs just shy of 5 minutes. Enjoy:

European Tour's 'Awkward Reporter' is laugh out loud funny
January 19, 2017 - 12:50pm
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Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson, master of the flop shot, makes his 2017 PGA Tour calendar year debut today. Here's a look at seven of our favorite flop shots from the 42-time PGA Tour winner.

In celebration of Phil Mickelson's 2017 calendar year debut on the PGA Tour at the CareerBuilder Challenge, we decided to put together a list of our favorites from the shot he's most well-known for: the flop shot.

Hitting a flop shot isn't nearly as easy as the 5-time major champion and 42-time PGA Tour winner makes it look.

The common golfer knows how difficult it can be to execute the shot around a practice green. Imagine what it's like under the pressure of tournament conditions -- where you can't fix the lie -- and in front of thousands of people.

If you pull it off, you're a hero. If you don't, you're an idiot.

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Phil Mickelson demonstrates how to hit backwards flop shot

Mickelson brings that wow factor every time his 64-degree wedge comes out of the bag. In no particular order, here are seven times Phil dazzled us with a flop shot.

7. The backwards flop he didn't actually pull off. This one happened in the third round of the 2015 Barclays. Inside a bunker, with the hole to his back, Mickelson attempted to hit a backwards flop shot to escape. As you'll see, he didn't pull it off -- though it looked awesome -- and he eventually makes par. Come on. Who else would even try to hit that shot in a tournament?



6. Riviera is one of the classic courses on the PGA Tour and is the annual host of the LA Open. Its famous sixth features a bunker in the middle of the green. Mickelson found himself in a tough spot on the green with the bunker obstructing his line to the hole. Rather than putt around it, Mickelson made superintendents around the world cringe. He pulled a lob wedge out of the bag and hit this mind-blowing shot:



5. A man of the people, Mickelson found himself practically in a concession stand at the Safeway Open in October. As you'll see, the conditions weren't ideal. That was no problem for Phil.



4. In 2014 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, Mickelson got an awful break when -- playing a par 3 -- his tee shot took a terrible bounce and his ball settled into some deep rough. No problem. From 62 feet away, Mickelson delivered a buttery flop shot to within 4 feet of the hole, saving par.



3. The time Phil hit a flop shot over the head of short-game guru Dave Pelz. I remember when I saw this for the first time years ago and thought the same thing I think today: "What in the hell was Pelz thinking?!" Luckily for Pelz, Mickelson expertly pulled off his signature shot with Pelz just inches away from his fully extended club. Catch that ball just a little thin and we're probably talking about a trip to the ER for Pelz.



2. At the 2014 Barclays, Lefty was stuck in some wispy fescue behind a bunker. As usual, no problem when a killer flop is part of your arsenal.



1. For my money, this is the best flop shot I've ever seen Mickelson hit. It didn't settle closest to the hole, but it all but closed out the 2013 Scottish Open in just absolute stunning fashion. It's not often you see players take it high on links courses over on the other side of the pond.



Here's how you can hit flop shots, hopefully, like Phil Mickelson:



7 of our favorite Phil Mickelson flop shots
January 19, 2017 - 8:59am
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Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson makes his first start of the season on the PGA Tour today. Here's a look back to when he demonstrated how to hit a backwards flop shot.

Phil Mickelson is scheduled to make his 2017 debut today when he tees off in the CareerBuilder Challenge out in Palm Desert, Calif.

It will be Mickelson's first appearance since the Safeway Open in October and also since undergoing two procedures to treat a sports hernia.

The five-time major champion has long been known for his wizardry with the wedges. In anticipation of his return today, our friends at Skratch went through the archives and found this awesome video of Mickelson explaining how to hit and then executing a ridiculous backwards flop shot over a bunker and to within a few feet of the hole.



Does it get any better than that?

#TBT: Phil Mickelson demonstrates backwards flop shot