Lightning strike leaves Phil Mickelson with race against time at BMW

(CNN) — Golf good Phil Mickelson has been finding it a struggle on the path in recent weeks could have done with no freak occurrence which left his participation in the last round of the BMW Championship at Medinah in some doubt.
The 49-year-old American is staying like many other players and officials at the Eaglewood Hotel, near the course, but definitely reckoned with no being struck by lightning Sunday morning.
A fire ensued following the attack, with all the Chicago fire department arriving on the scene to put it out, but additionally evacuating the resort guests, such as Mickelson.
With a scheduled ancient tee off time at 10.52 am nearby, Mickelson was left without his clubs and clothing and utilized social media to discuss his issue.
Fortunately,’Lefty’ was granted back in only in time and arrived in the course with about half an hour to spare with this fourth round, requiring a shocking charge up the area to have any chance of creating the top 30 qualifying for the Tour Championship finale at East Lake weekly.
Regrettably, after his early afternoon hiatus, Mickelson could find little inspiration at his final round and searching for the form which saw him win for the 44th time at the PGA Tour in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am back in February.
He ended with a 71 overall.
His longtime arch-rival Tiger Woods also failed to make up for East Lake, in which he would have been defending champion, temporarily raising hopes with two early birdies before falling 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 final round 65 with Hideki Matsuyama of Japan that a further two shots back after a brilliant nine-under 63.
Thomas has taken over top spot in the FedEx Cup standings out of Brooks Koepka, that partnered Mickelson in the final round and ended using a five-under-par 67, his best of this week.
Cantlay has also moved forward of Koepka into second position, but with all still to play for in the season-ending tournament in Atlanta.

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