Lightning strike leaves Phil Mickelson with race against time at BMW

Lightning strike leaves Phil Mickelson with race against time at BMW

(CNN)Golf great Phil Mickelson has been finding it a struggle on the course in recent weeks so could have done without a freak occurrence which left his participation in the final round of the BMW Championship at Medinah in some doubt.

The 49-year-old American is staying like many other players and officials at the Eaglewood Hotel, close to the course, but surely reckoned without it being struck by lightning Sunday morning.
A fire ensued after the strike, with the Chicago fire department arriving on the scene to put it out, but also evacuating the hotel guests, including Mickelson.

    How’s this for crazy? My hotel was struck by lighting, I was on top floor,we were evacuated and the place is on fire(only thing of mine on fire this week.) I can’t get back into my room and may miss my tee time because I am without clubs and clothes.

    — Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) August 18, 2019

    With a scheduled early tee off time at 10.52 am local, Mickelson was left without his clubs and clothes and used social media to share his dilemma.
    Fortunately, ‘Lefty’ was allowed back in just in time and arrived at the course with about half an hour to spare for this fourth round, needing a miraculous charge up the field to have any chance of making the top 30 qualifying for the Tour Championship finale at East Lake next week.

    Severe weather this AM at Medinah CC for #BMWChampionship final round. Reported lightning strike to the roof of Eaglewood Hotel that lines the course & where many officials staying!

    — Peggy Kusinski (@peggykusinski) August 18, 2019

    Sadly, after his early morning hiatus, Mickelson could find little inspiration in his final round and still searching for the form that saw him win for the 44th time on the PGA Tour at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am back in February.
    He finished with a one-under-par 71 for five-under overall.

    His longtime arch-rival Tiger Woods also failed to qualify for East Lake, where he would have been defending champion, briefly raising hopes with two early birdies before dropping back down the field.
    He eventually finished with a level-par 72 for 281 – seven-under-par.
    Victory went to third round leader Justin Thomas, who held off a determined challenge from fellow American Patrick Cantlay to win by three strokes on 25-under-par.

    Just in [email protected] has earned his first win of the year @BMWChamps and the 10th of his career.

    He's No. 1 in the #FedExCup heading to East Lake.#LiveUnderPar

    — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 18, 2019

    Cantlay carded a final round 65 with Hideki Matsuyama of Japan a further two shots back after a brilliant nine-under 63.
      Thomas has taken over top spot in the FedEx Cup standings from Brooks Koepka, who partnered Mickelson in the final round and finished with a five-under-par 67, his best of the week.
      Cantlay has also moved ahead of Koepka into second place, but with all still to play for in the season-ending tournament in Atlanta.