Why Phil Mickelson has two 3-irons, no driver at Royal Birkdale for the 2017 British Open
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Why Phil Mickelson has two 3-irons, no driver at Royal Birkdale for the 2017 British Open

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Phil Mickelson has another bizarre bag setup for a major championship, and it includes going without a driver and carrying two -- yes, two -- 3-irons.

So, Mickelson has two 3-irons, but one of them is really more like a 2-iron. It's a Callaway Epic iron which has been bent to 16 degrees of loft, giving him another option to put the ball in play and keep it closer to the ground than he could with driver or even 3-wood in hand.



"We came out here and spent Saturday and Sunday in the conditions and the winds that we’re going to see, and there really wasn’t a driver even potentially until we got to 15 for me, the way I felt I wanted to play the golf course and avoid the bunkers,” Mickelson said.

"I’ve been really working on hitting that 3-iron head-high, and getting it down quick. It’s been something I’ve been working on the last couple weeks, and that shot’s not going to be affected by weather."

This strategy doesn't necessarily imply that it's set in stone for all four rounds. With winds expected to pick up in the 2017 British Open weather forecast, Mickelson could bring driver into the bag as the championship advances.

This isn't the first time Mickelson has gone into a major championship with a bizarre bag setup. He won the 2006 Masters with two drivers, and he went driver-less (albeit rather unsuccessfully) in the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, one of the longest courses in major-championship history.


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