WATCH: Ducks Cause Traffic at Tee Box in Front of Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler

Published 07/03/2021, 9:43 AM EDT
May 27, 2021; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; Phil Mickelson on the 14th tee during the first round of the Charles Schwab Challenge golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports


Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler are currently on the field at Detroit Golf Club. They are competing at the 2021 Rocket Mortgage Classic in Michigan. Both these players have made the cut and got themselves a place in the weekend. Currently, Joaquin Niemann and Tom Lewis are tied for the lead with a score of -10.

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The weekend is all set to be a cliffhanger since there are about 20 players within three shots of the leaders. But between all this leaderboard chaos, a funny thing happened with Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler.

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Ducks interrupt Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson

These two players were standing on par 5, 17th, the second last hole of the day. But they had to face a slight delay as few ducks interrupted them on the 17th hole tee box. They had to wait for around one and a half minutes to let the ducks cross to the pond. And this seems to have proved lucky for Mickelson.

Phil Mickelson was at -2, with the cut line being at -3. So he had to make at least one birdie and avoid bogey at all costs in the final two holes to get himself a place in the weekend. And fortunately, he scored a birdie on par 5, 17th on the back of an extraordinary drive and approach shot.

Mickelson had a disappointing second round and just sneaked into the weekend at the last moment. Rickie Fowler had a decent round two as he finished with five-under for the tournament. He started his front nine brilliantly as he remained bogey-free and scored four birdies.

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Jun 3, 2021; Dublin, Ohio, USA; Rickie Fowler hits his tee shot on the 15th hole during the first round of the Memorial Tournament golf tourney. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

But as he moved into the back nine, he suddenly lost his rhythm. He scored eight pars and a bogey on the 13th to remain three-under for the day. Nevertheless, Rickie would be happy about his performance as he is getting back into his zone slowly.

So going into the weekend, it is going to be tough for both these players, especially Mickelson, to get in contention to win the trophy. While Fowler has a slight chance as he is five strokes behind the leader and will try to score as low as possible.

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