Little kid tells Phil Mickelson to send it.. and he does

A Rickie Fowler Puma hat: $28. Ticket to Monday’s final round of the Dell Technologies championship: $100. Having Phil Mickelson asking for your advice on a shot from the rough: priceless.

During Monday’s final round of the Dell Technologies championship, Phil Mickelson found himself playing a challenging lie out of the rough with about 260 yards to the green. Instead of consulting his caddy, Mickelson decided to ask a young boy in the crowd what he should do.

The boy said: “If I could hit my 3-wood 260, I’d probably go for it.”

The response drew a rye smile from the seasoned Tour veteran while the crowd erupted with laughter. Mickelson isn’t known for being playful with the fans, he’s usually laser focused or shaping shots to avoid the fans.

The young boy, donning his Rickie Fowler snap back, made the right call as Mickelson flushed his 3-wood from the rough. As he was walking away he said: “Riley, you can caddy for me anytime.”

Riley may be trading in his Orange Puma snap back for a KPMG hat soon enough.

In the last few months, Mickelson hasn’t had a whole lot to smile about. Before this weekend he has not finished in the top-10 of an event since the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play in March.

Maybe Dell Technologies brings out the best in Mickelson since he finished T-6 this weekend.

On a serious note, Mickelson eluded to the fact that during the middle of the season he has struggled with focus and has experienced a lack of energy. It got to the point where he would spend three to four days in bed, which is certainly alarming for a 47-year-old.

“That’s not normal,” Mickelson said.

After the PGA Championship, Mickelson went to go see a doctor to help combat this issue he’s faced and it would appear that visit paid off. He was very consistent with his scoring this week posting rounds of 69-67-69-68.

“I played very steady, consistent golf for four days and I didn’t have any five-, six-hole stretches where I fell off. That has been happening and it didn’t happen this week.

“I feel a lot better,” Mickelson said. “Whether I make the (U.S. Presidents Cup) team or not, whether I get to the Tour Championship or not, I feel like I’m on the right track finally.”

Lefty wouldn’t go into the specifics of what his doctor diagnosed his problem as, nor did he give any specifics on what he was prescribed.

“But more natural stuff and change in diet,” Mickelson said. “He said it would take about a week to notice and certainly after a week, I noticed a difference and I felt a lot better.”

Maybe it was Tom Brady’s all-organic diet that Jordan Spieth couldn’t handle.

Either way, the change certainly paid off as Mickelson really needed a big week to show U.S. President’s Cup captain Steve Stricker that he is worthy of a captain’s pick. He has been on every President’s Cup team since 1994 and was not looking to take this one off.

Mickelson also know’s his role when it comes to this year’s team. He would likely be a role-player and not a top guy like Spieth or Justin Thomas.

Before the week started, Mickelson was 18th in points for the President’s Cup team but jumped up three spots to 15th with his latest top-10 finish. There is definitely a case to be made for Mickelson now that he’s back on track.