Not only is he an engaging person and an extremely talented golf player, he plays the game the way most of us do. He is capable of hitting it all over the course, and he frequently does.
He is not afraid to try a miracle shot, and it's about even money whether or not he will pull it off.
It can be frustrating to watch Phil. A look at Thursday's scorecard can confirm that. He made five birdies, eight pars, four bogeys and a triple bogey. The last was made on the par-4 10th when he and about 150 of his closest friends searched for five minutes but couldn't find his tee shot.
He was four over par on the 11th tee and played some pretty good golf down the stretch to finish at two over 74 for the round.
Friday was a different day. Mickelson managed to make one more birdie while bringing the number of bogeys down to only two and eliminating the dreaded "other."
Let's have a look at Lefty's performance heading into the weekend.