Watch: Steph Curry Becomes the Latest Victim of Phil Mickelson’s Famous ‘Flop Shot’ Challenge

Published 09/11/2021, 4:38 PM EDT
HAYWARD, CA – AUGUST 03: Stephen Curry plays his tee shot on the fourteenth hole during round one of the Ellie Mae Classic at TCP Stonebrae on August 3, 2017 in Hayward, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)


Everyone following Phil Mickelson is aware of his golf prowess, and his history with crazy flop shots, including his Flop Shot Challenge while at the 2014 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. Mickelson has had some incredible flop shots moments over the course of his career. The most recent one was with Golden State Warriors icon Steph Curry, who often plays golf as a hobby.

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Mickelson’s recent interaction with Curry has grabbed everyone’s attention.

The two icons have been together on the field at the Workday Charity Classic, and Mickelson’s flop shot over the Warriors icon has become a wildly shared video on the internet after some time.

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Does Steph Curry flinch during Phil Mickelson’s flop shot?

“You’re a little taller than my normal test subjects here,” Mickelson started. “I’m going to just drive the club into the ground and hope for the best”. Curry smiled, trying to lower himself on the ground as Mickelson prepared.

Mickelson’s doubt was valid, and Curry – despite his bravado – did flinch ever so slightly. While Mickelson and his flop shot are famous, the Warriors star’s movement seemed inevitable. He screeched when Mickelson finally shot the ball, teeth showing and nervous laughter escaping. The 51-year-old legend caught up on Curry’s nervousness quickly, the Warriors icon agreeing immediately.

“Were you eyes open?” Mickelson asked.

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“I don’t even know,” Curry replied.

Once Mickelson was off the camera, Curry clutched his chest, convinced that his heart did skip a beat.

Last year, Mickelson and Curry were a part of The Match: Champions for Change – both competing against each other. Mickelson teamed up retired NBA star Charles Barkley, and Curry was with Peyton Manning. Barkley and Mickelson beat Curry and Manning, even with Barkley’s handicap being 25. 

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Mickelson, who is 51, is the oldest golfer to have won a major championship. He won the PGA Championship this year and is a six-time major winner. Curry, on the other hand, often plays golf for charity and also as a hobby. Curry is currently in the NBA offseason, waiting for his return to the court. For Mickelson, while the PGA Tour season has wrapped up, he is the assistant captain for the upcoming Ryder Cup.

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Devika

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Devika Pawar is a golf and NBA writer at Essentially Sports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, Devika has an experience with sportswriting at Republic World for around two years now. She loves NBA a little too much, and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.

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