Lightning strike leaves Phil Mickelson with race against time at BMW
(CNN) — Golf great Phil Mickelson was finding it a struggle on the path in recent weeks could have done without a freak occurrence which left his involvement in the last round of the BMW Championship at Medinah in certain doubt.
The 49-year-old American is remaining like many other officials and players at the Eaglewood Hotel, near the course, but surely reckoned without it being struck by lightning Sunday morning.
A fire ensued following the strike, with the Chicago fire department arriving on the scene to put out it, but additionally evacuating the hotel guests, including Mickelson.
With a scheduled ancient tee off time at 10.52 am nearby, Mickelson was abandoned without his clubs and clothes and used social media to share his difficulty.
Luckily,’Lefty’ was let back in just in time and came in the route with approximately half an hour to spare with this fourth round, requiring a miraculous charge up the area to have any chance of creating the top 30 qualifying for the Tour Championship finale in East Lake next week.
Regrettably, following his first morning hiatus, Mickelson might discover little inspiration from his final round and still searching for the form that saw him win to the 44th time at the PGA Tour in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am back in February.
He finished to get.
His longtime arch-rival Tiger Woods also didn’t qualify for East Lake, in which he would have been defending winner, temporarily raising hopes together with two early birdies before dropping back down the area.
He eventually finished with a level-par 72 for 281 – seven-under-par.
Victory went into third round leader Justin Thomas, who pulled off a determined challenge from fellow American Patrick Cantlay to win by three strokes on 25-under-par.
Cantlay carded a last round 65 with Hideki Matsuyama of Japan a further two shots back after a brilliant nine-under 63.
Thomas has taken over top spot from the FedEx Cup standings from Brooks Koepka, who partnered Mickelson in the final round and finished using a five-under-par 67, his best of this week.
Cantlay has also moved forward of Koepka into second position, but with still to play in the season-ending tournament in Atlanta.