Phil Mickelson's backward flop shot a big hit

Last updated 09:30 10/07/2014
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Phil Mickelson's shows off his skill landing this backwards flop shot.

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THAT'S TRICKY: American golfer Phil Mickelson stunned onlookers in Scotland after hitting a flop shot back over his head.

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Golfer Phil Mickelson is an acknowledged master of the short game, known for his innovative work around the greens. 

But his trickery has reached a new level ahead of his defence of the British Open.

The 45-year-old American successfully played a flop shot back over his head in a practice round this week in the leadup to the Scottish Open.

Mickelson stunned watchers around the green when he set up his stance on a small rise with his back to the flag, opened the club face and sent the ball in an arc backwards to land close to the hole.

Check out the video.

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