Phil Mickelson beats Harry Higgs after exchanging jokes outside Northern Trust

After great preparation and an entertaining match, Phil Mickelson and Joel Dahmen defeated Harry Higgs and Keith Mitchell in a lightweight match at Liberty National Golf Club.

Prior to the start of the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational which was won by Abraham Ancer, Higgs told a fan on social media that Lefty “wouldn’t be ready for his trash talk” if the pair fought on the field of golf.

The game was therefore staged on Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. local time at Liberty National, home of the Northern Trust and the first leg of the FedEx Cup qualifiers.

Things got off to a bad start for Higgs when partner Mitchell found the water with his first tee shot, but the pair managed to put up 2s in the first four holes.

Mickelson and Dahmen fought back with birdies on the 5th and 7th holes, while the six-time major champion landed a fantastic eagle on the 6th hole to help turn the tide.

As the brawl unfolded in New Jersey, Mickelson provided his fans with constant updates on his Twitter page, updating them on how the game was going.

Late in the day on the 17th hole, Mickelson called Dahmen. “Let’s end this with an exclamation point,” and Dahmen delivered by rolling a 30-foot birdie putt to secure the 3&1 win for his pair.

“I think we were all looking forward to playing today which is great,” Mickelson said.

“We had a good time and we got the right result, really. I think we got the result that we all really expected, and I think we hoped for.”

Although the day ended in defeat for Higgs, he enjoyed the banter and the nature of the game and the 29-year-old loved sharing the fairways with a legend of the game.

“I ran my big mouth and a Hall of Famer put me in my shoes,” Higgs said.

“But it was fun hanging out with Phil, Joel is a great friend and Keith is a great friend too. We had a great time. I would have liked to win, but I think it was good preparation.

“I had a few nerves at times, that counted a bit. You want to beat Phil and everyone else you play with, but the preparation has created nerves.”