MEDINAH, Ill. – Phil Mickelson began the hurry to start the final round of the BMW Championship on Sunday, arriving at Country Club Medinah less than 40 minutes before his teenage time, changing his shoes in the parking lot and rubbing
. Mickelson was locked by his nearby hotel room for 90 minutes because of a lightning strike that caused fire and evacuation. He tweaked the circumstances and feared he might miss out on his tee time.
How's that for crazy? My hotel was hit by the lights, I was on the top floor, we were evacuated and the place was burned (only mine is on fire this week.) I can't go back to my room and I can miss my teen time because I'm without clubs and clothes.
̵1; Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) August 18, 2019
Mickelson, 49, credits the power of social media for helping him do so. The PGA Tour got involved, as did the local police. Mickelson's brother and shot, Tim Mickelson, said Phil was soon released back into his room and would make time for a teenager. He was staying at the Eaglewood Resort & Spa Hotel in Itasca, Illinois, right next to Medinah Country Club, so his trip wasn't far.
He was scheduled to bow at 11:52 a.m. ET on the 10th tee, which is a considerable distance from the clubhouse and parking lot. He only had time to swing a weighted ball in the parking lot, then hit a few drivers and chips on the range before heading to the field.
Mickelson again tweeted that "EMTs are great and I'll do it," and then jokes that his clubs "acted as a fire retardant. "