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Phil Mickelson Beat Ryder Cup Teammates in a Closest to the Pin Contest Right-Handed

HUMBLE, TX - APRIL 04:  Phil Mickelson hits a shot right handed on the twelfth hole during the third round of the Shell Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston on April 4, 2015 in Humble, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
HUMBLE, TX - APRIL 04: Phil Mickelson hits a shot right handed on the twelfth hole during the third round of the Shell Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston on April 4, 2015 in Humble, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Phil Mickelson’s short game is so good he can swing right-handed and still stick it close. 

The US Ryder Cup team made a stop at Gillette Stadium to visit the New England Patriots earlier in the week on their way to TPC Boston for the Deutsche Bank Championship. They got to hang out on the field and take a picture with brand new Patriots jerseys they were gifted (all were given No. 1 jerseys, except for Furyk who got No. 58).

Naturally a little competition broke out among the players and coaching staff when the idea to have a closet to the pin contest on the field came up. A tee box was made, and a hole was set up 78-yards away. Only captain Davis Love III, who is right-handed, had clubs with them which presented a problem for one player: Phil Mickelson, aka “Lefty.”

That problem was short lived however, as Phil as he stuck it to within 4 feet of the makeshift hole to win the friendly competition.

According ESPN.com, Mickelson had this to say about this challenge:

“Honestly, it’s just not that hard to play golf right-handed, I think the real challenge and enjoyment I get is from trying to play the game left-handed.”

Spoken like a true competitor.

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