The LPGA’s second major of the year, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, is set to tee off next week, and the ladies tour has concocted a very intriguing pre-tournament event.
It was announced on Wednesday that KPMG’s star endorser, Phil Mickelson, will be a part of the festivities, testing his all-time great short game against three of the biggest stars of the LPGA in a skills contest.
The three LPGA members battling Phil are world No. 2 Lydia Ko, No. 13 Brooke Henderson, and No. 18 Stacy Lewis.
- Next Monday, Phil Mickelson will be competing against three of the LPGA’s best in a chipping contest. The challenge will comprise of three rounds: one target hitting round, one round requiring flop shots over an 8-foot wall, and one with a 20-foot glass wall with player pictures that the competitors will attempt to shatter.
- The competition is part of the pre-tournament festivities, for the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, which takes place next week at Olympia Fields in the Chicago area. The defending tournament champion is Brooke Henderson, who outdueled Lydia Ko in a playoff.
- The 47-year-old Mickelson ranks 22nd on the PGA Tour in shots gained: around-the-green. He has ranked highly in that statistic nearly every season.
- The competition begins at 3:30p on Monday, June 26, on Facebook Live via the LPGA’s Facebook page.
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— Golf Digest (@GolfDigest) June 21, 2017
“Phil mentioned that one of the biggest mistakes was staying after college where the taxes are quite high. So I’m trying to stay in a low place. I don’t have any money yet.”
–Lydia Ko in 2013, sharing advice she got from Phil Mickelson.