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Phil Mickelson is practicing for BMW Championship in the parking lot after the hotel is struck by lightning

Wherever! After his hotel was hit by LIGHTNING, Phil Mickelson is seen refining his swing for the final round of BMW Championship in CAR PARK

  • The hotel where Phil Mickelson was staying was struck by lightning and started a fire
  • American had to leave clubs and clothing in his room because the guests were evacuated
  • Five-time big winner feared that he would miss his start time due to evacuation
  • Mickelson arrived on slippers in Medinah before turning into spikes
  • The 49-year-old started the last round with 17 shots behind leader Justin Thomas

Phil Mickelson went through a bizarre build-up to the final round of the BMW Championship after being evacuated from his hotel.

Mickelson feared he would miss his 10.52am (1652 BST) start time in Medinah after lightning hit the roof of his hotel on Saturday night and started a fire.

The hotel was evacuated and Mickelson had to leave his clothes and clubs in his room, but was later allowed to return to the building and reached the track about 40 minutes before turning off next to number one Brooks Koepka and Dylan Frittelli.

Mickelson arrived with flip flops and, like many weekend players, changed his shoes in the parking lot before warming up using a swing trainer.

The 49-year-old left-handed praised members of the emergency services on Twitter and joked that his clubs had acted as a “flame retardant”.

Mickelson’s troubles evoked memories of the situation at the 2012 Ryder Cup in Medinah, when Rory McIlroy misinterpreted his start time for Sunday’s singles and arrived within minutes of being driven to the track by a state soldier.

Mickelson started the last round on four undersized, 17 shots behind leader Justin Thomas, who had a six-shot lead after a track record of 61 in the third round.

Phil Mickelson's final round preparations did not go smoothly after hotel evacuation

Phil Mickelson’s final round preparations did not go smoothly after hotel evacuation

The 49-year-old made it in time for the kick-off, where he played alongside Brooks Koepka

The 49-year-old made it in time for the kick-off, where he played alongside Brooks Koepka

The 49-year-old made it in time for the kick-off, where he played alongside Brooks Koepka

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