WATCH: Mickelson Drives 1st At Pebble Beach On Simulator

Mickelson posted a funny clip on social media of him driving the 1st green at Pebble after coach Dave Pelz demanded he hit "bombs"

Mickelson Drives 1st At Pebble Beach On Simulator
Screenshots: @PhilMickelson/Twitter

Mickelson posted a funny clip on social media of him driving the 1st green at Pebble after coach Dave Pelz demanded he hit "bombs"

WATCH: Mickelson Drives 1st At Pebble Beach On Simulator

Phil Mickelson knows Pebble Beach quite well having won there on five occasions.

Lefty presumably knows the course like the back of his hand, with experience of which clubs to hit off each tee and which strategies to use when playing the holes.

The 1st hole, the famous dogleg-right opener, is always a lay up to the corner of the dogleg and a short iron in.

However, Mickelson, with his new-found love of hitting bombs, has the firepower to cut the corner and reach the green.

That's exactly what we saw in a brilliant social media clip posted by the five-time Major winner who not only drove the green, but gave himself a very good look at an eagle 2.

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Mickelson explained how he was using short game guru Dave Pelz's simulator, with 'Pelzy' asking the 49-year-old to hit bombs instead of hitting an iron towards the fairway bunker.

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"Pelzy, this bomb is for you," Mickelson said.

"Take this thing right at the pin, I've always wanted to do this. I always get called off on it," Mickelson continued before hitting the drive.

"Just hit a high draw. Oh dear," he said, calling "get down, get down!"

"That's all I'm saying," Mickelson said to the camera after his ball landed very close to the pin.

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Phil Mickelson has had an up-and-down 2020 so far with some very good results.

In five starts he has missed three cuts but posted two top-three finishes in Saudi and at the Genesis Invitational.

He is currently ranked 60th in the world.

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Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x