Phil Mickelson Spotted Using Putter On The Range At Augusta National

For whatever reason, the three-time Green Jacket winner was seen using the flat stick on the range prior to his second round at The Masters

Mickelson uses his putter on the driving range at Augusta National
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Phil Mickelson is one of golf's biggest characters, with 'Lefty' famed for producing some of the most ridiculous and watchable moments in golf history. Often, he will leave viewers questioning how but, prior to the second round of The Masters, viewers were left questioning why, as Mickelson was seen using his putter on the range.

In a Twitter post from CBS Sports writer, Patrick McDonald, we clearly see Mickelson using the flat stick on the range, with the six-time Major winner decked out in his LIV Golf team's logo, as Lefty wore a HyFlyers GC top and hat.

With his coach looking on, it's unclear as to why the 52-year-old was using a putter on the range, considering the putting green couldn't be any more than a few hundred yards away from him, but hey, who am I to second guess a 45-time PGA Tour winner!

The bizarre moment only carries on from Mickelson's incredibly topsy-turvy first round, which saw him birdie the second hole after hitting a driver from the pine straw for his second shot.

Mickelson looks at his yardage book as he walks the first hole at Augusta National

Mickelson checks his yardage book as he walks down the first hole on the second day of The Masters

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Included in that round was a right handed shot on the par 4 14th, with Mickelson forced to flip his club over after being stymied by one of the many trees around Augusta National.

Speaking after his one-under-par round of 71, the American stated "I hit a lot of good shots today and had a chance to shoot a low round. But this is the issue I've been dealing with as I'll make two swings and it costs me four shots on 11 and 16. I just need to keep working on eliminating it."

He added: "I'm hitting enough good shots to shoot some good numbers, and I'm having fun playing, and I'm having fun hitting the shots again and driving it well. Just need to stay a little bit sharper."

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x