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August 07, 2013

Mickelson forgoes driver for 3-wood at Oak Hill

Posted at 11:09 AM by Kevin Cunningham | Categories: Phil Mickelson

For the third major in a row, Phil Mickelson will leave his driver at home and stick with his Callaway 3-wood at the PGA Championship at Oak Hill.

Considering his performances at Merion (T2) and Muirfield (win), can you blame him?

According to an interview with ESPN's Bob Holtzman, Phil made the decision Tuesday morning in Rochester.

"I may sacrifice 20 yards off the tee, but I want to get the ball in the fairway, make sure my misses are minimized and keep it more in play," Mickelson said. "I may have an extra club or two into the greens, but that's OK. First and most important is getting the ball in play off the tee. Second, is keeping it under the hole."

The 3-wood that Mickelson uses off the tee is Callaway's new X Hot 3Deep fairway wood.

Mickelson spoke about the club at last week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational:

"And we've seen what has happened with the X Hot 3-wood. It's changed my driving altogether. We saw it at the U.S. Open and we saw it at the Scottish and British when I was able to get the ball in play and reach 17 in two shots and just hit a lot of fairways."

We'll see soon if the strategy will lead to Phil's second major of the year.

(Photo: Jon Super/AP)

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