Phil Mickelson had a bad day Saturday at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in California, where he took a fall on the slippery ocean rocks as he searched for an errant golf ball on the 18th hole. The pro golfer's spill, landing him on his butt on national TV, quickly became the viral video du jour. Thankfully Phil didn't appear to get hurt. Fresh off his historic win at the Phoenix Open last week, he took a triple bogey on the now infamous 18th hole. Mickelson, one of golf’s all-time greats, heads into the final round today at one under par after shooting one over in yesterday’s third round, according to Sports World Report today.
Mickelson was all the news after the round due to his fall, and as the defending champion for this tournament, he was fortunate to not have been forced to pull out or fail to make the cut. “I got lucky”, Mickelson said. “I didn't get hurt”.
Mickelson, 42, sits 11-shots behind the lead at Pebble Beach, where he won the tournament last year after coming from six shots off the lead. But this year the deficit might be too big to overcome.
Brandt Snedeker and Jason Hahn will tee off in the final pairing Sunday. The two head into the final round tied for the lead at 12-under par. Phil Mickelson is set to go off at 11:25 PST.
Alex Myers said on Golf Digest.com, “How crazy can the world of professional golf be? One week you're setting scoring records in a wire-to-wire win and the next? You're nearly missing the cut and falling on your butt on national TV”.
Click the video on the left to watch Mickelson’s sports blooper.