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Phil Mickelson puts tee shot on hotel balcony in British Open

ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - JULY 20: Phil Mickelson

ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - JULY 20: Phil Mickelson of the United States tees off on the 18th hole during the final round of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course on July 20, 2015 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images) Credit: Getty Images / Matthew Lewis

ST ANDREWS, Scotland - This could only happen to Phil Mickelson.

Lefty was moving up the leaderboard Monday in the British Open with a string of birdies that got him to 10-under, just two shots off the lead. With winds picking up and rain expected later, a good finish might have at least put him in the conversation on the Old Course at St Andrews.

Then he hit his drive on 17, the famous Road Hole where players often aim over the corner of the Old Course Hotel to find a narrow patch of fairway on the other side.

Unfortunately, Mickelson's aim was off. His ball hit the hotel itself, bouncing around before making an improbable landing on the balcony of someone's room. There, the ball sat, almost taunting him.

Mickelson would go on to make a triple bogey 7 on the hole, effectively ending his chances.

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