Mickelson briefly experiments with "claw grip" at Open [Photo]
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Mickelson briefly experiments with “claw grip” at Open [Photo]


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Phil Mickelson is on his way to missing just his third major-championship cut since 2000 at Royal Lytham and St. Annes. Perhaps on his way out the door in England, Mickelson wanted to try something new.

As he was cleaning up at the 10th hole in the second round of The Open Championship, Mickelson used the "claw grip" make his par putt.



Mickelson also experimented with the grip while on the tee at the 11th, according to an Associated Press tweet.

The grip, most notably used on the PGA Tour by Chris DiMarco, features a strong top hand on the putter with the lower hand guiding the stroke similar to how it would with a long putter.

At 3 over on his round at that point, he is likely to miss the cut barring a big charge. Mickelson last missed a major cut in 2007, when he missed the cut in both the U.S. Open and Open Championship.

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