Phil Mickelson Escapes a Burning Hotel to Play Final Round at Medinah
So stop us if you've heard this one before.
A professional golfer is forced to evacuate his hotel because of a fire and almost misses his tee time.
Yep, that old chestnut.
The hotel in question is literally right next door to Medinah Country Club, which is super-convenient unless the hotel is struck by lightening.
Unfortunately, that's precisely what happened.
Severe weather this AM at Medinah CC for #BMWChampionship final round. Reported lightning strike to the roof of Eaglewood Hotel that lines the course & where many officials staying! pic.twitter.com/aUxltXiiSS— Peggy Kusinski (@peggykusinski) August 18, 2019
That's so not good.
But hey, we weren't there.
Let's hear it from Lefty, firsthand:
How’s this for crazy? My hotel was struck by lighting, I was on top floor,we were evacuated and the place is on fire(only thing of mine on fire this week.) I can’t get back into my room and may miss my tee time because I am without clubs and clothes.— Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) August 18, 2019
Phil even threw a little self-deprecating humor in there for good measure.
The flame-retardant Mickelson was allowed back into his room eventually, arriving at Medinah a mere 30 minutes before his scheduled tee time.
Phil Mickelson is at Medinah. Pulled in at 10:15 local. Arrived in flip flops and put his spikes on in the parking lot. Took a couple swings with a training aid and went to the range. He’s off 10 tee in 30 minutes. pic.twitter.com/H3WP2tKHz7— Nick Menta (@NickMentaGC) August 18, 2019
Despite this adversity, Phil shot a heroic 71 in the final round, finishing the tourney at five under par.
Fire is usually considered a valid excuse for showing up late for a tee time.
Getting blackout drunk in a Winnebago, not so much.