And he'll need plenty of flop shot magic to navigate his way through the links with The British Open (known simply as The Open to golf purists) teeing off later this week at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England.
During a practice round last week, Lefty found himself in a predicament. On a tough and steep downhill lie, his only option was to turn around and take a big rip.
Wait what? Most of us would have used the old "excuse me" foot wedge (one of the trustiest pieces of equipment in the amateur golfer's bag of tricks). But the defending Open champion — and wedge master — pulled off a ridiculous backwards flop shot and landed it pretty close to the pin.
Take a look here:
And Mickelson's not one to keep his secrets to himself, either. The Hall of Famer is also willing to dish out lessons for others to try to duplicate:
*Disclaimer: attempting such flop shots on your own may result in broken windows, injury, angry neighbours, lawsuits and/or shaking fists (no shorts or shirts will be eaten though).