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Phil Mickelson pulls off absurdly sick flop shot at St. Jude Classic (video)

It is an indisputable fact that Phil Mickelson is the unquestioned king and lord supreme of the flop shot, not only in his generation of golfers but in the history of the grand game.

More evidence of Mickelson’s mastery of one of the trickier shots in all of golf — a slight miscalculation and either the ball plops pitifully and impotently a few feet or it results in a horrible blade shot, the ball speeding at a low altitude far past the intended target — during Thursday’s round at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

Lefty was the victim of horrible luck when his shot into the par-3 4th hole struck a sprinkler head near the green, the ball caroming high and far over the green, leaving him with a delicate downgrade shot to the hole.

So old Philly Dog pulled out his lob wedge and delicately and expertly made perfect contact, the ball rising in a sudden and nearly vertical arc, like an incredibly steep parabola, before settling down on the green softly and rolling a few feet past the hole. Simply a beautiful shot.

Mickelson managed to roll in his par putt and finished the day with a nifty 3-under 67, trailing leader Ben Crane by four strokes heading into Friday’s action.