By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
The last time Phil Mickelson took a shot worth this much, he nearly jarred it to beat Bubba Watson at the 2011 Farmers Insurance Open. Mickelson’s caddie tended the flag from 72 yards out that day as one of the game’s best wedge players tried to hole the shot for birdie to tie Watson and force a playoff.
This time, Mickelson will be attempting a similar shot from 100 yards out.
At halftime of tonight’s Broncos-Chargers game at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, the left-hander will be located in one end zone, aiming for a target in the other end zone, which will have a green and three rings ranging in the $1 million “KPMG Chip4Charity” shot to benefit First Book, a non-profit organization that provides books for children in need.
Hitting the green is worth $50,000/20,000 books, the outer ring $100,000/40,000 books and the center ring bulls-eye $1 million/400,000 books.
Since 2003, Phil Mickelson has hit 13.5 percent of his approach shots from 95 to 105 yards (from the fairway) within 5 feet of the pin. His average proximity to the hole from this distance is 16 feet, 9 inches.
On average, Mickelson hits one in five approach shots from this distance within 7 feet of the pin and one in three within 10 feet of the pin.
This year, Mickelson ranks 30th in approach shots from 75-100 yards.
KPMG’s Family for Literacy partnered with Mickelson and First Book to create KPMG’s “Blue for Books” program in March 2012. The program encourages fans to purchase Mickelson’s authentic blue KPMG Tour hat at PhilsBlueHat.com. KPMG donates 100 percent of the net proceeds to First Book, which provides deserving children three books for each hat sold.
“My wife, Amy, and I, feel strongly that literacy and education are critical to the future success of today’s youth,” Mickelson said. “I am extremely proud to be part of the Blue for Books campaign and it’s just great to know that for every blue hat I see out in the gallery each week, three new books are in the hands of kids who need them most.”
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