Phil Mickelson nearly missed his 11:52 a.m. local tee time at the BMW Championships on Sunday for a reason that sounds so bizarre it’s impossible to make up.
As he explained in his Twitter feed, his hotel was struck by lightning and caught on fire, forcing him to leave his belongings in his room.
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
Mickelson’s hotel, the Eaglewood Resort & Spa, was struck by lightning around 8 a.m. when a chimney blew out and caught on fire. Golfweek's Steve DiMeglio reports that firefighters helped him back into his room to get his belongings, and he was able to make it to the course with time to spare.
Fortunately for Mickelson, Eaglewood is just a mile and a half away from the Medinah Country Club, so it was a quick drive over once he had everything. However, since he had to get his things in a hurry, Mickelson had to change and warm up from the parking lot before starting his final round.
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
Mickelson entered the day at 4-under after scoring a 69 on Saturday, his best round yet at the tournament. Justin Thomas finished Saturday with a course-record 61, which gave him a commanding six-stroke lead at 21-under.
Barring a miraculous comeback, though, Sunday will be Mickelson’s last round of the season. He is unlikely to qualify for the Tour Championship, since only the top 30 players in the FedEx Cup standings make it, and he is projected to finish 49th.
Mickelson is happy to be safe, and that should always be the top priority. But maybe next time he’ll also remember to tell his family he’s safe before everyone else.
Bro-you can’t tweet this stuff until AFTER you call Mom to tell her you’re ok. 🤦♀️😂 Just spoke with her. Btw....call her. She would like ‘a word.’— Tina Mickelson (@TinaMickelson) August 18, 2019
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