Top players hit flop shots over Mickelson cut out

Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson hits a flop shot over a life-sized cut out of himself in a contest at the Scottish Open.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 | 8:14 a.m.

As you know by now, the European Tour is in Scotland this week at Royal Aberdeen for the Scottish Open, where Phil Mickelson is the defending champion.

Mickelson gets a lot of attention whenever he plays, but this week he's been getting even more attention than usual.

But what do you expect when he hits flop shots backwards, or gets up and down for birdie from a cart path?

One of the many notable aspects of the five-time major champion's game is his prowess with the flop shot. With that, the folks at the European Tour put a life-sized cut-out of Mickelson on a hole and held a competition among many of the best players in the game -- Mickelson, Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy and Miguel Angel Jimenez among them -- to see who could hit a flop shot closest to the hole going over the Mickelson cut out.

Check it out. We especially loved the creativity of Jimenez.

As you can see in the video, Mickelson isn't the only one that can execute those brilliant flop shots... but he might be the best. 

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.