Watch: Phil Mickelson Makes One of the Wildest Pars You'll Ever See, But Now It Won't Count


Phil Mickelson was born and raised in San Diego, which is known for its high number of beaches. But even as a kid, Mickelson probably didn’t spend as much time playing in the sand as he did on Thursday.

Mickelson had one of the best par saves you will ever see on a golf course and it featured three different shots from a bunker.

While the save will live on through video, it won’t live on in the record books, as the round was wiped out by the PGA Tour due to weather.

During the first round of the Genesis Open in Los Angeles, Mickelson found himself battling the rain and an errant tee shot off No. 10.

On the 309-yard par-4, Mickelson ended up in a bunker for his second shot. But with the conditions being a bigger factor than the sand, Mickelson sailed the shot and it ended up going way past the pin into another bunker.

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Mickelson was likely just thinking about a bogey at this point, but those thoughts went away when he chipped his third shot past the pin and into yet another bunker.

Facing his fourth straight bunker shot in terrible weather, Mickelson was looking for a miracle. And he got one.

Is that the craziest par save you have ever seen?

A rainbow must have popped out right at the moment Mickelson’s fourth shot somehow found its way into the bottom of the cup.

Mickelson’s score sheet for No. 10 would simply say “4”, but anyone who witnessed the hole would say it was much more than that…

If only it counted.

Due to the deluge of rain that battered the course, the PGA Tour made the rare decision to wipe out the scores of everyone who teed off on Thursday.

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Twenty-three players had played at least one hole before the suspension and eventual cancellation of play. All of those scores, including Mickelson’s par save on No. 10, were wiped away and the round was restarted at 1:40 p.m. PST.

This was the first time since the 2013 Dell Technologies Championship that a round was restarted due to inclement weather.

Mickelson will get a chance to top what he did on No. 10 and become a three-time winner at the tournament. He won in both 2008 and 2009 when it was known as the Northern Trust Open.

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Ross Kelly has been a sportswriter since 2009.
Ross Kelly has been a sportswriter since 2009 and previously worked for ESPN, CBS and STATS Inc. A native of Louisiana, Ross now resides in Houston.
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