Mickelson's drive on Road Hole finds Old Course Hotel balcony

Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson was enjoying a fine final round at the Open Championship... until his tee shot on the Road Hole settled on a second-floor balcony of the Old Course Hotel.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Monday, July 20, 2015 | 8:45 a.m.

No guts, no glory. That's been the way that Phil Mickelson has approached the game for so many years and it's why we love him.

That approach, however, can sometimes come back to bite Mickelson.

Like today in the final round of the Open Championship.

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Mickelson was two shots off the lead at 10 under as he made his way to the Road Hole -- No. 17 at St. Andrews (more than an hour before the 54-hole leaders were scheduled to tee off).

Realizing he likely needed two birdies to close to have any chance whatsoever at a second Claret Jug, Mickelson took an aggressive line off the tee and the result wasn't good.

Here it is -- Mickelson's drive on one of the most famous holes in golf sailing so far right that it comes to rest on a second-floor balcony at the adjacent Old Course Hotel:


Mickelson would make triple-bogey 7 on the hole to drop back to 3 under for the day and 7 under for the tournament. 

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.