Phil Mickelson Nearly Misses Tee Time After Lightning Strikes Hotel

By , RADIO.COM Sports

Phil Mickelson had quite the Sunday morning.

The 49-year-old golfer nearly missed his 11:52 a.m. ET tee time at the BMW Championship in Medinah, Ill. because his hotel was struck by lightning and caught fire, which forced the entire building to evacuate.

Mickelson was locked out of his room, which was located on the top floor of the Edgewood Resort and Spa, for 90 minutes, leaving him without his clubs or clothes to compete.

Lefty tweeted about the situation, fearing he would miss his tee time.

"How's this for crazy? My hotel was struck by lighting, I was on top floor, we were evacuated and the plaice is on fire (only thing of mine on fire this week)," he said. "I can't get back into my room and may miss my tee time because I am without clubs and clothes."

The PGA Tour and local police got involved and Mickelson and his caddie, his brother Tim Mickelson, were allowed back into the room to gather his belongings for the tournament.

Mickelson arrived at Medinah Country Club with 40 minutes to spare, changing his shoes in the parking lot and hurrying to warmed up by swinging a weighted club in the parking lot, which a writer for the Golf Channel captured and tweeted.

Lefty also managed get a few driver and chip shots in on the range, too, before heading to the 10th hole where he began his day.

With Mickelson safe to make his tee time, he tweeted out his thanks to the EMTs and even had a sense of humor about the situation.

“EMTs were awesome! I’m going to make it,” he said. “Turns out my clubs acted as a fire retardant. Lucky me.”

The storm that caused the fire at Mickelson’s hotel also forced the final round of the BMW Championship to be pushed back, with golfers starting from both tees.