Cart path shot sets up birdie for Mickelson at Scottish open

Phil Mickelson
As he often does, Phil Mickelson wowed fans with a spectacular shot at the Scottish Open on Thursday to set up a birdie.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 | 8:21 a.m.

Some might argue that the degree of difficulty of a shot from a cart path isn't all that bad. I'm not one of those people.

Sure, the ball is lying perfectly and all, but if you chunk a shot from a paved cart path there's no give. Instead of creating a divot, you're likely creating two broken wrists and a severely damaged club.

Unless you're someone like Phil Mickelson.

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In the first round of the Scottish Open on Thursday, Mickelson's tee shot on the par-4 13th hole at Royal Aberdeen came to rest on a cart path within a few feet of an outhouse.

Mickelson took out a wedge and proceeded to do what you'd expect him too -- hit a beautiful shot into the green with a ton of spin to within a few feet of the hole to set up a ho-hum birdie.

Was it as impressive as the backwards flop shot he hit in a practice round the other day? Probably not. But it was still pretty cool.

Mickelson, defending champion of the Scottish Open, finished with a 3-under 68. 

T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.