MEDINAH – The sporting expression “caught fire” took on a literal meaning on Sunday as several players at the BMW Championship, including Phil Mickelson, were affected by a fire at their hotel.
A lightning strike caused a blaze on the top floor of the Eaglewood Resort, which is adjacent to Medinah Country Club, within walking distance in a pinch.
That was good news for J.T. Poston, the winner of the Wyndham Championship earlier this month, who ended up walking to the course after his car was blocked in by emergency vehicles.
Mickelson arrived on wheels, but only after fretting he would not be able to return to his room to collect his clubs following the mandatory evacuation.
“I can't get back into my room and may miss my tee time because I am without clubs and clothes,” he tweeted while he waited.