Mick­el­son won’t have driver in bag

The Denver Post - - SPORTS -

SOUTH­PORT, ENG­LAND» Royal Birk­dale and Tor­rey Pines would seem to have noth­ing in com­mon ex­cept that Phil Mick­el­son is play­ing ma­jor cham­pi­onships on both without a driver in his bag.

Mick­el­son car­ried only the 3-wood with him dur­ing his prac­tice round Tues­day at the Bri­tish Open, and he plans to keep it that way.

“We won’t be play­ing in this wind,” Mick­el­son said as he fin­ished up his round with a light blow­ing to­ward the Ir­ish Sea. “And when we get the nor­mal wind, there re­ally isn’t a driver for me un­til we get to 15. And then that brings the bunkers into play.”

Mick­el­son in­stead has four wedges, in­clud­ing a 64-de­gree sand wedge that he can use for flop shots off tight lies on a links course. He also has two 3-irons, one of them with the loft tweaked to make a strong, driv­ing club.

The 3-wood is the same club he had when he won the Bri­tish Open at Muir­field in 2013, his last vic­tory.

“It’s a much eas­ier club for me to hit low,” Mick­el­son said on Golf Chan­nel. “So even into the wind, I hit it ev­ery bit as far as I hit a driver.”

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