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Contest winner to receive Phil Mickelson’s U.S. Open paycheck, could be $1.5M


In a contest that could mean some real big money for the winner — or at worst a tidy sum of cash — Callaway Golf and Phil Mickelson have teamed up on a promotion where one lucky fan will receive the matching amount of what Lefty earns in next month’s U.S. Open.

The marketing gimmick cleverly disguised as a pretty awesome contest, named “The Big Bertha Payday,” will award the contest winner the entirety of Mickelson’s payday, which could top out at a whopping $1.5 million if Mickelson manages to win the U.S. Open, the only major he has yet to win in his brilliant career.

At worst, if Mickelson misses the cut, say, the winner will receive something in the range of $16,523, which is what Kyle Stanley earned for finishing in last place in last year’s Open.

The contest details are as follows (via Devil Ball Golf):

“The Big Big Bertha Payday” is a promotion in the US and Canada that will run through the final round of the US Open, June 15th. Golfers that demo a Big Bertha Alpha Driver, a Big Bertha Driver or a Big Bertha Fairway Wood at a participating location will receive a code they can use to enter for a chance to win the same dollar amount that Phil Mickelson wins at Pinehurst. (If he wins, that could be upwards of 1.5 million dollars.)

Additional details available here, and some video:

As noted above, Mickelson has never won the U.S. Open — although he has come in second an incredible six times — so even if Philly Dog can replicate those runner-up finishes, the winner is going to make some decent scratch.

Last year, Mickelson achieved one of those second-place finishes at Merion, tying with Jason Day and making $696,104.

It’s impossible to predict exactly where Mickelson will finish at Pinehurst No. 2 after the U.S. Open kicks off on June 9 and concludes on June 15, but Golf Digest has an encouraging stat regarding Mickelson’s history at the U.S. Open: “Mickelson’s average paycheck in 23 appearances in the U.S. Open is more than $183,000, including 10 paydays of more than $50,000.”

Suffice to say, odds are good the winner will walk away with a decent chunk of change no matter what. Sure, $1.5 million would be amazing, but even an average finish by Mickelson will result in a pretty nice payday.

Unfortunately, Mickelson has been having a helluva time getting to Pinehurst to get in some practice rounds ahead of the major tournament. So much so, in fact, that despite many attempts last month, he wasn’t even able to book a tee time. That ain’t good.