Justin Thomas had another “fuck, yeah” moment on 18 Sunday in Mexico City, holing out for eagle from 121 yards to take a sudden two-stroke lead to the clubhouse. Phil Mickelson made a routine birdie on 15 and a clutch birdie putt on 16 to force a playoff and set up an “oh, fuck” moment for Thomas — a badly missed par putt from nine feet he needed to stay alive in the playoff — even if he didn’t say it out loud.
We all heard Thomas’s exclamation when his winning putt hit bottom at the Honda Classic last Sunday. Nobody around here is upset by profanity, and the network television people don’t seem to be either — why else would ultra-sensitive microphones hang so close to the players? It’s a thing — a generational thing. In Mickelson’s youth, we read lips.
He’s 47, and his tap-in par putt on the playoff hole defeated Thomas, 24, for the title of the WGC-Shithole Country Championship, his first PGA Tour victory since 2013. Mickelson’s an emotional guy, and if anybody deserves a fist pump and a “fuck, yeah,” it’s him.