Mickelson won’t have driver in bag
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.”