Watch: Phil Mickelson escapes trees with driver off the deck, makes birdie, and we are entertained

“If it hits the tree, it goes in the hazard, I'm making 7,” Phil Mickelson said. “So it was a critical shot.”

Watch: Phil Mickelson escapes trees with driver off the deck, makes birdie, and we are entertained

NAPA, Calif. – Phil Mickelson never ceases to amaze.

On Friday, Lefty cracked his 2-wood and drove it left into the trees at the par-5 16th hole at Silverado Resort & Spa’s North Course, but as he’s done so many times before, he pulled a rabbit out of his hat and circled a birdie on the scorecard en route to shooting 3-under 69 in the second round of the Fortinet Championship.

“After that tee shot, that could have gone really wrong,” Mickelson said.

Right, indeed. But that didn’t stop Mickelson from hitting driver off the deck, under the tree and through a little window of daylight.

“If it hits the tree, it goes in the hazard, I’m making 7,” Mickelson said. “So it was a critical shot.”

Under normal circumstances, Mickelson would have opted for the 2-wood, but “I didn’t know which way it was going to go.”

He guessed he may have damaged the club as early as Thursday, and hit a snap-hook with it at 14 and then sent his tee shot at 16 sailing left.

“It flattened and then the spin rate numbers started to go off. Like I know the signs, but I just didn’t want to switch, it’s been such a good club for me. But I’ve gone through five now in the last year, so it’s not a big deal,” he said, noting that he had another head with him that he would use in the third round.

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Mickelson pulled off the risky shot from the trees, leaving himself a lob wedge from 84 yards. It wasn’t his best effort, but he poured in the 20-foot birdie.

Just another routine birdie for Mickelson, to hear him describe it: “So I hit driver, got it through the gap and wedged on and made the putt,” he said.

Mickelson made five birdies on the day and with a 36-hole total of 5-under 139, he trails leader Maverick McNealy by seven strokes.

“I’m putting well, so I’ve got a chance to make a run at it, but the greens are so firm that if you’re not in the fairway, you can’t stop it,” he said. “So, I’m going to have to hit more fairways. And that 2-wood’s a really important club for me, so when it goes bad I struggle.”

Not from the trees left of 16 he didn’t.

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Fortinet Championship tee times, TV info for Saturday's third round

We head to the weekend in Napa, California, and Maverick McNealy leads by two after 36 holes.

Fortinet Championship tee times, TV info for Saturday's third round

We head to the weekend in Napa, California, and Maverick McNealy leads after 36 holes.

On Friday, he followed up a 4-under 68 with an 8-under 64 to grab a two-stroke lead at the Fortinet Championship over Beau Hossler and Mito Pereira with a 36-hole total of 12-under 132.

On Friday, Phil Mickelson cracked his 2-wood and drove it left into the trees at the par-5 16th hole at Silverado Resort & Spa’s North Course, but as he’s done so many times before, he pulled a rabbit out of his hat and circled a birdie on the scorecard en route to shooting 3-under 69.

Jon Rahm, who withdrew from his pro-am round Wednesday with stomach issues, shot 72-71 and missed the cut by two strokes, giving him the weekend off before he heads to Wisconsin for the Ryder Cup.

From tee times to TV and streaming info, here’s what you need to know for the third round of the Fortinet Championship. All times listed are ET.

FORTINET: Leaderboard | Photo gallery

Tee times

1st tee

Tee time Players
11:05 a.m. David Skinns, Paul Barjon
11:15 a.m. Nick Hardy, Justin Suh
11:25 a.m. Nick Watney, Luke List
11:35 a.m. Sung Kang, Peter Uihlein
11:45 a.m. Brendon Todd, Lanto Griffin
11:55 a.m. Michael Thompson, Webb Simpson
12:05 p.m. Andrew Putnam, Sean O’Hair
12:15 p.m. Michael Gligic, Quade Cummins
12:25 p.m. Matthew NeSmith, Vaughn Taylor
12:40 p.m. Nick Taylor, Adam Schenk
12:50 p.m. Brendan Steele, Jim Herman
1 p.m. Adam Svensson, Dylan Wu
1:10 p.m. Chez Reavie, Chase Seiffert
1:20 p.m. Joseph Bramlett, Greyson Sigg
1:30 p.m. Marc Leishman, Ryan Armour
1:40 p.m. Cameron Percy, Charley Hoffman
1:50 p.m. Scott Gutschewski, Sam Ryder
2 p.m. Kevin Tway, Wyndham Clark
2:15 p.m. Max Homa, Phil Mickelson
2:25 p.m. Taylor Pendrith, Talor Gooch
2:35 p.m. Austin Smotherman, Sahith Theegala
2:45 p.m. Aaron Baddeley, Austin Cook
2:55 p.m. C.T. Pan, Patton Kizzire
3:05 p.m. Dawie van der Walt, Jason Dufner
3:15 p.m. Si Woo Kim, Cameron Tringale
3:25 p.m. Mark Hubbard, Patrick Rodgers
3:35 p.m. Hideki Matsuyama, Scott Piercy
3:50 p.m. Scott Stallings, John Augenstein
4 p.m. Peter Malnati, Nate Lashley
4:10 p.m. Jim Knous, David Lipsky
4:20 p.m. Russell Knox, Tom Hoge
4:30 p.m. Harold Varner III, Matt Kuchar
4:40 p.m. Will Zalatoris, Bronson Burgoon
4:50 p.m. Mito Pereira, Troy Merritt
5 p.m. Maverick McNealy, Beau Hossler

TV, streaming, radio information

You can watch Golf Channel for free on fuboTV. All times ET.

Saturday, Sept. 18

TV

Golf Channel: 6-9 p.m.

RADIO

PGA Tour Radio on SiriusXM: 4-9 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 19

TV

Golf Channel: 6-9 p.m.

RADIO

PGA Tour Radio on SiriusXM: 4-9 p.m.

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