Lightning strike leaves Phil Mickelson with race against time at BMW

(CNN) — Golf great Phil Mickelson has been finding it a struggle on the path in recent weeks so could have done with no nut incident that left his involvement in the final round of the BMW Championship at Medinah in certain uncertainty. Even the 49-year-old American is remaining like many other officials and players at the Eaglewood Hotel, close to the course, but surely reckoned without it being struck by lightning Sunday morning. A fire ensued after the strike, with the Chicago fire department coming on the scene to put out it, but also evacuating the hotel guests, such as Mickelson. Having a scheduled early tee time at 10.52 am neighborhood, Mickelson was abandoned without his clubs and clothing and utilized social media to discuss his dilemma. Luckily,’Lefty’ was granted back in only in time and arrived at the course with approximately half an hour to spare with this fourth round, having a miraculous charge up the area to have any chance of creating the top 30 qualifying for the Tour Championship finale in East Lake next week. Regrettably, after his early afternoon hiatus, Mickelson might find little inspiration in his final round and still searching for the form which saw him win to the 44th time at the PGA Tour at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am back in February. He finished overall. His longtime arch-rival Tiger Woods also failed to qualify for East Lake, in which he’d have been defending champion, temporarily raising hopes with two early birdies before dropping back down the area. He eventually finished using a level-par 72 for 281 – seven-under-par. Victory went into third round leader Justin Thomas, who pulled off a determined challenge from fellow American Patrick Cantlay to win by three strokes on 25-under-par. Cantlay carded a last round 65 with Hideki Matsuyama of Japan that a further two shots back after a dazzling nine-under 63. Thomas has taken over top spot in the FedEx Cup standings from Brooks Koepka, who partnered Mickelson in the final round and finished with a five-under-par 67, his best of the week. Cantlay has also proceeded forward of Koepka into second place, but with still to play in the season-ending championship in Atlanta.

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