(CNN) — Golf good Phil Mickelson was finding it a struggle on the course in recent weeks could have done without a freak occurrence which left his involvement in the last form of the BMW Championship at Medinah in some doubt.
Even the 49-year-old American is remaining like many other officials and players in the Eaglewood Hotel, close to the program, but surely reckoned without it being hit by lightning Sunday morning.
A fire ensued following the strike, together with all the Chicago fire department coming on the scene to put it out, but also evacuating the resort guests, such as Mickelson.
Having a scheduled early tee time at 10.52 am neighborhood, Mickelson was left with no clubs and clothes and used social websites to share his difficulty.
Luckily,’Lefty’ was allowed back in just in time and came at the path with approximately half an hour to spare with this fourth round, having a miraculous charge up the area to have any chance of making the top 30 qualifying for the Tour Championship finale at East Lake next week.
Regrettably, following his early morning hiatus, Mickelson could find little inspiration in his final round and searching for the form that saw him win to the 44th time at the PGA Tour in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am back in February.
He ended for five-under overall.
His longtime arch-rival Tiger Woods also didn’t make up for East Lake, in which he would have been defending champion, temporarily raising hopes together with two early birdies before dropping back down the area.
He eventually finished with a level-par 72 for 281 – seven-under-par.
Victory went into third round leader Justin Thomas, who pulled off a determined challenge from fellow American Patrick Cantlay to win by three strokes on 25-under-par.
Cantlay carded a final round 65 with Hideki Matsuyama of Japan that a further two shots back after a dazzling nine-under 63.
Thomas has taken over top spot from the FedEx Cup standings from Brooks Koepka, that directed Mickelson in the final round and ended with a five-under-par 67, his best of the week.
Cantlay has also proceeded forward of Koepka into second position, but with still to play for in the season-ending tournament in Atlanta.

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