Phil Mickelson is using two drivers at the 2019 Memorial Tournament
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Phil Mickelson is using two drivers at the 2019 Memorial Tournament

Stop me if you've heard this before, but Phil Mickelson is using two drivers this week.

At the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, Mickelson is again employing the 14-club strategy that includes a pair of drivers -- each used by the five-time major winner for different purposes at Muirfield Village Golf Club.

Mickelson explained the rationale -- while getting in a dig at Bubba Watson's unwieldy chest hair -- on Twitter on Thursday.

In part, Mickelson said in the light-hearted video:

I saw a post of Bubba Watson hitting bombs without a shirt on, and he had grizzly bear chest hair. And I don't mean b-a-r-e chest hair, I mean grizzly bear, b-e-a-r, chest hair. But if I have to have that to hit bombs, then I don't want to hit bombs. So I have a shorter driver where I can hit cute little cuts into the fairway, but then I realized that when I was not hitting bombs, my confidence was low, my self-esteem was low, often times I wouldn't want to get out of bed. And so when I started hitting bombs, my confidence shot back up, my testoserone came back, my overall attractiveness increased, and so I'm going to have a driver to hit cute cuts and to hit bombs.

This isn't the first time Mickelson has put two drivers in his bag. In fact, in 2006, he became the first player to win the Masters and the tournament the week prior. He won the preceding BellSouth Classic at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Ga., by 13 shots before going to Augusta National to win his second green jacket. For those two tournaments, Mickelson used one driver to hit a draw and one to hit a fade.

This time, Mickelson is less concerned about side-to-side movement of the ball and more worried about the north-and-south movement of the ball. Mickelson wants to hit bombs, baby, and have some cute cuts, too.

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