Why is Phil Mickelson wearing two gloves and a binder clip on his hat at the British Open?
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Why is Phil Mickelson wearing two gloves and a binder clip on his hat at the British Open?

Credit: Alex Miceli/Golfweek
Credit: Alex Miceli/Golfweek

Phil Mickelson leads the 2016 British Open after an opening 63 at Royal Troon, and he's maintained that advantage through a windy second round in Scotland.

You've probably noticed that Mickelson -- and everyone else in the field -- is dealing with the wind and the rain as best they can. Mickelson isn't using his rain umbrella to the same amount as other players, but he is using two weather gloves...and a paper binder clip on his hat.


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Wait, what?

Mickelson is wearing the paper clip on his hat so that it fits better on his head. The Flexfit-style hat he wears can get a little loose, and, in the wind, that means it could blow off easier. Mickelson wants to avoid that problem, so he's gotten out the paper clip and folded down some of the looser parts of his hat.

As for the two gloves, Mickelson said that approach dates back to the 2011 Open.

"I started it the year that Darren Clarke won and I made that run on Sunday," Mickelson said. "That was the first time I really did that, so I had instant success, and it's been kind of a staple for me. I always carry a pair of those, and any time it rains, I put them on. Any time it rains, I like to do that."

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