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Phil Mickelson busts out driver to perfectly hit ball off pine straw (Video)

Phil Mickelson has been a professional golfer for almost three decades, so he knows how to get creative on the course if need be.

That’s exactly what happened at the PGA Tour Champions, which Mickelson (-22) leads, heading into Wednesday’s final day of action. He shot a -5 during Tuesday’s round, and a big reason why was the way he approached a difficult situation, and turned what could’ve been a disaster into an incredible approach shot.

Mickelson crushed the ball so hard on the ninth hole that it unfortunately landed under a tree, touching some roots as well. There was a wire hanging overheard, though, so he was granted a bit of relief, and the ball was moved out a bit. Still, it was sitting on pine straw, so Mickelson elected to bust out the driver and just swing away.

It worked to perfection, as the ball landed near the green — setting him up for birdie, somehow.

Incredible shot.