Phil Mickelson is at least three things: rich, immensely talented and self-aware. The latter two came together for a moment of candor at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.
In the final round, Mickelson found his ball precariously close to a bush on the 13th hole at Abu Dhabi G.C. Instead of taking an unplayable lie or trying to take a stance in the bush, Mickelson decided to try turning his left-handed club over and extricating himself swinging right-handed. Instead, he T.C. Chen-ed it, double-hitting the ball.
Mickelson ended up making a triple-bogey 7 on the hole, which turned out to be the difference between winning his 2014 debut and the trophy ending up in the hands of eventual winner Pablo Larrazabal.
Obviously the incident sparked questions after the round, and the five-time major champion put this weird situation into perspective compared to his career.
"You know me, I've done some crazy shit in my career," Mickelson said. "I go up and then I go down."