Phil Mickelson Says His Hotel Caught Fire from Lightning Strike


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Phil Mickelson nearly missed his tee time due to his hotel catching on fire from a lightning strike — but hey, at least he lived to tweet about it.

The golf legend documented the scary incident on Twitter Sunday morning, saying he and a bunch of other guests were evacuated near Medinah, IL — where Phil’s participating in the BMW Championship as part of the FedEx Cup Playoffs — after their hotel got hit by a lightning bolt … which apparently sent part of the facility up in flames.

How’s this for crazy? My hotel was struck by lighting, I was on top floor,we were evacuated and the place is on fire(only thing of mine on fire this week.) I can’t get back into my room and may miss my tee time because I am without clubs and clothes.— Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) August 18, 2019
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Phil wrote, “How’s this for crazy? My hotel was struck by lighting, I was on top floor,we were evacuated and the place is on fire(only thing of mine on fire this week.) I can’t get back into my room and may miss my tee time because I am without clubs and clothes.”

His fourth-round tee time (with Brooks Koepka and Dylan Frittelli) was scheduled for 11:52 AM ET, and he was being shuffled out of his hotel a little more than an hour before that.

EMT’s were awesome! I’m going to make it. Turns out my clubs acted as a fire retardant. Lucky me🤗— Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) August 18, 2019
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Luckily for him, Phil reportedly made it to the tee just in the nick of time — and was later escorted back to his room and was able to retrieve his gear. Phil shouted out the EMTs who helped, writing … “EMT’s were awesome! I’m going to make it. Turns out my clubs acted as a fire retardant. Lucky me.”

Now, the bummer … Phil isn’t doing too hot in the tournament right now — he’s in 47th place as of this writing … and it’ll be an uphill climb to break into the top 30 he needs to be in to move on.

Also important … it doesn’t sound like Phil notified his family of the emergency, including his ma — which his sister, Tina, made him well aware of on Twitter.

Bro-you can’t tweet this stuff until AFTER you call Mom to tell her you’re ok. 🤦‍♀️😂 Just spoke with her. Btw….call her. She would like ‘a word.’— Tina Mickelson (@TinaMickelson) August 18, 2019
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Always call your mom to let her know you’re okay — ALWAYS!!!



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