Originally Posted by blitzen102
Maybe not THE most physically talented golfer in golf history, but definitely very high in the list.
The anecdote below always impressed me perhaps moreso because it occurred at one of my old clubs with which I am intimately familiar.
When still an amateur, Michelson was playing a major tournament in the rotation. The story goes that he was paired against his arch rival from the University of Arizona (Phil attended Arizona State). The pair came to #18 at the TPC Woodlands (in Houston) and after teeing off Phil called for a ruling that his ball was imbedded. His opponent overruled the call with Lefty having to play from the bad lie. He promptly holed out for an eagle with a six iron, which later commentators on future PGA tournaments described as the only time that hole was ever eagled.
The commentators were wrong, as I eagled it with a drive and a one iron in a practice round, which no one could know, but several differences made what Michelson did even more impressive to me —
A. Even though I was known as a pretty long hitter, Michelson teed from the tips, I would assume, and I did not;
B. He hit six iron after no roll;
C. He had a terrible lie.
I do not remember if the hole he won had any effect on a last gasp win or not. If it did, add pressure shot to the list.