Spieth, Mickelson, Koepka pull off back-to-back-to-back splendid shots

Televised golf exists for one purpose: to remind you that you, the viewer, are a flawed mortal with a weak grasp of the game, and they, the professionals, are working at a level upon which we can only gaze but never approach. Case in point: the three amazing shots that unfurled within the space of a couple minutes on Thursday afternoon at the PGA Championship courtesy of Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, and Brooks Koepka.

Although the three were playing on consecutive holes, this was virtually a game of anything-you-can-do, I-can-do-better. First up, Phil Mickelson, from the fairway on No. 11:


Mickelson, as usual, is coming up strong in a major amid an otherwise lackluster year. Next up, Jordan Spieth, America's Most Beloved Golfer, rebounding from his first bogey of the afternoon to chip it up and over a sprinkler head on No. 12:


Not bad. Spieth is still well off Dustin Johnson's pace, but as long as he can see the top of the leaderboard, he's a threat. Finally, Brooks Koepka, on the 13th, decided to top them both with this long birdie, his fourth straight:


All three players were working in the rougher afternoon conditions at Whistling Straits, and should get a break on Friday morning. If they're playing like this, they'll all roll into the weekend with a full slate of highlights already in tow.

Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter.

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