Mickelson says cart-path shot is easy; proves it

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Phil Mickelson hit a spectacular pitch shot from a cart path on the 17th hole at Doral on Thursday to set up a birdie on his way to a 5-under 67.
By T.J. Auclair
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Published: Thursday, March 07, 2013 | 6:28 p.m.

Hitting a shot off the cart path is a lot easier than it looks... at least that's what Phil Mickelson thinks.

Playing the 17th hole in the first round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral on Thursday, Mickelson elected to play a 50-yard shot from the cart path, deciding it was the cleanest lie he'd get.
In typical, magical Phil fashion, Lefty clipped the ball off the concrete and nestled it to within six feet of the hole. He then knocked down the putt for what many of us probably thought was an amazing birdie.
Mickelson, however, wasn't as impressed.
In an interview with Golf Channel's Steve Sands following his 5-under 67, Mickelson broke down the shot for those of us at home. The explanation was every bit as funny as it was informative and instructional.
"This is actually a very easy shot here," Mickelson told Sands as the video highlight played. "Here's the deal on the cart path -- there's two things: 1. You'd have to be an idiot to open the club face because you're adding bounce. There's no way you're going to get the club underneath the ball, right? So, I square up the face, that's one; and No. 2 is, the ball is going to come out five yards longer than normal."
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T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.