Phil Mickelson Says His Hotel Is Currently On Fire

Ross Houston
August 20, 2019

The five-time major victor was facing the prospect of missing his allotted slot of 11:52am local time at Medinah on Sunday after the hotel he has been staying at was struck by lightning.

The sporting expression "caught fire" took on a literal meaning on Sunday as several players at the BMW Championship, including Phil Mickelson, were affected by a fire at their hotel.

Mickelson tweeted that he almost missed his tee time at the final round of the BMW Championship in IL on Sunday after his hotel was struck by lightning, leading to a fire.

It's not certain which of the hotels near the course Mickelson was staying in but Chicago sportscaster Peggy Kusinski tweeted a photo of the Eaglewood Hotel, which is adjacent to Medinah Country Club, the site of this week's PGA Tour event, saying: 'Severe weather this AM at Medinah CC for #BMWChampionship final round.

"How's this for insane?", Mickelson wrote on Twitter. "I'm not there. He will make tee time but very limited warm-up if any". I'm going to make it. Turns out my clubs acted as a fire retardant. "Lucky me" Mickelson tweeted.

ESPN reported that the 49-year-old Mickelson arrived at the golf course with less than 40 minutes before his 11:52 a.m. tee time and had just enough time to change his shoes and swing a weighted club in the parking lot.

It was an eventful morning for Mickelson, but, according to his sister, he forget Rule No. 1: Let Mom know you're safe. Storms have caused the final round to be pushed back and started from both tees.

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