Phil Mickelson says hotel caught fire, but his game not so hot
Evacuation of building part of wild morning for pro golfer at BMW Championship
Phil Mickelson had a wild Sunday, and that was before he showed up for the BMW Championship.
Mickelson said on Twitter that lightning struck the hotel where he was staying, leading to an evacuation. One problem: He was staying on the top floor, his clubs were in his room and his tee time at Medinah was approaching.
Mickelson eventually got to the course in time to change shoes in the parking lot, but not after a tweet saying that his clubs served as a fire retardant.
He headed to the range to warm up, pausing only to answer the phone when his wife called to check on him.
WATCH | Mickelson manages to make tee time after hectic morning:
He told her at one point, "I tweeted it." Storms have caused the final round to be pushed back and started from both tees.
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.—@PhilMickelson
Mickelson later tweeted that he was able to retrieve his equipment in time to get to the course.
EMT’s were awesome! I’m going to make it. Turns out my clubs acted as a fire retardant. Lucky me🤗—@PhilMickelson
However, the 49 year old arrived in flip flops and was photographed taking practice swings in the parking lot as he rushed to prepare for his 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. <a href="https://t.co/H3WP2tKHz7">pic.twitter.com/H3WP2tKHz7</a>—@NickMentaGC
Mickelson entered Sunday tied for 47th.
With files from CBC Sports