Phil Mickelson is a fan favorite for a reason. Despite his "aww, shucks" mentality, and how a lot of people got behind him when he continued to come up short in majors before 2004, there is a bit of drama that people like Mickelson, Arnold Palmer and Lee Trevino possess that few others in golf history have.
Phil gets this is a business, and knows that thrilling fans is a good business model. On Friday at the Barclays he did just that when his tee shot sailed wide left on the par-4 5th.
Mickelson went up to find his ball in the middle of the grandstands, sitting perfectly on the AstroTurf and instead of taking a free drop that might fall in a nasty lie, Phil decided to play it from there, right in the middle of the fans.
The people absolutely loved it, and despite hitting the shot over the green and making bogey, it was a very cool moment for everyone involved, and exactly why Phil is beloved the way he is.