Phil flings footballs to the Phoenix Open crowd

Phil Mickelson at Phoenix Open
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Phil Mickelson gets ready to throw a football Saturday to the Phoenix Open crowd surrounding the 16th hole.

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Saturday, February 01, 2014 | 4:21 p.m.

Phil Mickelson's back must be feeling a whole lot better, based on the form he exhibited Saturday while tossing footballs to the boisterous crowd at No. 16 during the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Mickelson, who plays golf left-handed but throws with his right, had quite a bit of zip on his first toss. It was a head-high frozen rope that would have made Joe Montana proud. He then showed some pretty good distance by throwing at least two balls into the upper deck boxes that surround the par-3 hole, which is playing at 126 yards during Saturday's round.

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The balls were donated by Mickelson's brother, who just happens to be the golf coach at Arizona State. Mickelson signed them and decided he'd toss them into the crowd after his tee shot.

Unfortunately for Lefty, he turned out to be a better quarterback than golfer on that hole. His tee shot missed the green, short and left of the flag. He then wound up in a sand trap when his chip shot failed to make it to the putting surface. Adding in a couple of putts, Mickelson carded a double-bogey 5.

Perhaps Russell Wilson and Peyton Manning ought to take notes ... on how not to get up and down for par.

Watch Phil wind up and let fly here: