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Mickelson talks trash with Spieth, McIlroy during money game (videos)

Phil Mickelson’s money games during practice rounds ahead of tournaments — in particular majors — have become the stuff of legend. The veteran typically recruits some young bucks, creates a nine-hole, two-on-two showdown and money quickly begins changing hands.

On Tuesday, Mickelson brought in some pretty impressive star power for his infamous high stakes practice round ahead of the PGA Championship. Joining Lefty as partner was Rickie Fowler, and the duo were facing off against Jordan Spieth and his pal Justin Thomas.

Spieth on Monday said that he intended to bring along his U.S. Open trophy to taunt Mickelson during the already-planned money game.

“I’m going to try and get the US Open trophy flown in so I can sit it on the front of each green for Phil,” Spieth said. “So I’ll have something for him, just dishing it back. We’ll see if we can get somebody to carry it around for the round. It’s the first time I have something on him.”

Mickelson of course has come up agonizingly short of achieving the career grand slam by winning the U.S. Open — coming in second an astounding six times — so Spieth’s playful threat set the stage for some potentially serious smack talk.

And some fantastic trash talk ensued.

Spieth did say he intended to not react to Mickelson’s trash talk, as not taking the bait on the taunts apparently drives him nuts.

But Spieth couldn’t completely refrain from rising to the challenge, as Golf Channel cameras caught this great exchange.

Shots fired.

McIlroy, who is making an arguably surprising return to competitive golf at Whistling Straits after a pretty serious ankle injury last month, intended to stay away from the money game, but showed up a bit later on the 7th tee.

Mickelson of course couldn’t help himself, firing off this shot about McIlroy’s injury.


[H/T SB Nation]