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 is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2 HL

Irons: Mizuno MP-H4 3-iron, Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5