Phil Mickelson’s unique brand of eccentric genius has been on display for nearly three decades now, but it never ceases to amaze.
Jon Rahm, who was dubbed by Mickelson to be one of the best players in the world when the Spaniard was still in college, has gotten a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on in Phil’s brain by being on hand when those thoughts emanate from Lefty’s mouth.
Ahead of this week’s CareerBuilder Challenge, Rahm was asked about what his relationship with Phil has taught him and the 23-year-old laid bare his unfiltered thoughts and future wishes in hilarious fashion.
Jon Rahm provided some hilarious insight into how meticulous Phil Mickelson is before every shot. https://t.co/SI6tPS3XIs
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“I have a good time when I play practice rounds with him because we joke around together a lot,” Rahm said. “And for me it’s fun to hear, now that he’s with Tim [Mickelson], and we are all really close. It, to me, is really fun to hear how they talk to each other, because Tim being my coach at ASU, I don’t need much. OK, it’s like 120, this shot, right.
“And you have Phil, it’s like, oh, this shot, the moisture, this going on, this is like one mile an hour wind sideways, it’s going to affect it one yard. This green is soft, this trajectory. They’re thinking and I’m like, I’m lost. I’m like, God, if I do that thought process, I could not hit the golf shot. And it’s funny, he gets to the green and then it’s the same thing. He’s very detail oriented. He gets there and I’m like, oh, it’s a foot right. And he goes, OK, he reads the green, like, oh, it’s 1.8 degrees of slope here and this and that. And I’m there listening and I’m like, man, I hope we’re never paired together for anything because I can’t think like this.”
Of course, when it comes to talking about the minutiae of detail that Phil goes into when plotting out a shot, Lefty himself is the best descriptor.
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