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Phil Mickelson will attempt a $1 million golf shot during halftime of MNF

Oct 4, 2012, 6:15 PM EDT

U.S. golfer Mickelson gestures after sinking a birdie putt to win the 14th hole during the 39th Ryder Cup singles golf matches at the Medinah Country Club Reuters

If you’re like me, you long to see more pro golfers during NFL halftimes. Well our prayers have been answered. They’re calling it the KPMG Chip For Charity, and it works like this: During halftime of the Monday Night Football game between the Chargers and Broncos on Oct. 15 in San Diego, Phil Mickelson will line up in the end zone and … he’s decided to run it out! He’s tackled at the 5! It looks bad for Phil …

No. Actually Phil will place a ball in one of the end zones and hit hit it at a series of targets in the opposite end zone, which statistics enthusiasts will tell you is a distance of 100 yards.

Based on which target he’s able to hit (we’re assuming there won’t be a Webb Simpson-like Ryder Cup shank), that’s how much his sponsor KPMG will donate to First Book, a non-profit organization which provides new books for children in need.

Dubbed the “KPMG Chip4Charity” on the company’s website, the shot could be worth as much as $1 million or 400,000 books.

Next question: what are these “books” you speak of?

  1. jdillydawg - Oct 4, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    About time full contact golf became a sanctioned sport!

    Best line ever: “If you’re like me, you long to see more pro golfers during NFL halftimes”

    How did you know??!!

  2. albertmn - Oct 4, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    And, if he happens to hit it too hard, or gets too much bounce, and hits someone in the stands? While unlikely, this could be a potential lawsuit in the making if something should go wrong on the hit.

    • ballistictrajectory - Oct 5, 2012 at 7:18 AM

      Best possible outcome:

      Phil drills one off the head of one of the vapid half-time reporters on the sidelines. Hilarity ensues.

    • myopinionisrighterthanyours - Oct 5, 2012 at 8:44 AM

      Really? It’s called inherent risk, moron. People get hit during PGA events all the time. And not by wedge shots onto the green, which this is the equivalent of.

      • albertmn - Oct 5, 2012 at 9:27 AM

        You are going to call someone a moron, and then totally blow what you call a definition? Inherent risk means you should reasonably expect that outcome might happen. I will agree that if you buy tickets to go to a PGA event, you should reasonably expect the slight chance of getting hit by a golf ball. But, when you buy tickets to an NFL game, why would you ever consider the chance that you might get hit by a golf ball at a football game? So, by definition, NOT inherent risk.

        As I mentioned, it is unlikely anything would go wrong. It “should” be an easy shot for a pro golfer. But, if the shots were all that easy, why don’t all the pros birdie every hole? Why does the ball ever go in the water? While the chance is very slight for a pro, they do chunk shots now and then. And, if they are hitting from the grass in a stadium, wouldn’t that be more like second cut or rough rather than fairway, making the shot tougher?

        Feel free to disagree, but I think “moron” was a bit too much of a personal attack, especially when your argument used a wrongly defined reason. Oh, and you should change your screen name, as it obviously isn’t true.

        • myopinionisrighterthanyours - Oct 5, 2012 at 9:33 AM

          While your definition of inherent risk is correct, you are incorrect in that it doesn’t apply here. Although you definitely wouldn’t expect getting hit by a golf ball, inherent risk indeed applys as there are other things (footballs, for example) that COULD reasonably enter the stands, and they WARN you about such.

          • myopinionisrighterthanyours - Oct 5, 2012 at 9:35 AM

            And moron may have indeed been a little harsh, but it’s people like you who either, A) hire scumbag attorneys to bring these kind of frivalous suits or B) sit on the jurys that award a lady $1.75 million and RV’s for life for setting her cruise control ON A HIGHWAY and then LEAVING THE DRIVERS SEAT TO GO BACK AND MAKE A SANDWICH.

            • albertmn - Oct 5, 2012 at 11:58 AM

              A football in the stands would be an inherent risk, I agree. But, I would bet that there was no golf shot scheduled when 80% of fans bought tickets to that game.

              And, no, I am not the type of guy that hires the attorney, mostly because I always believe in paying attention at a game when any action is going on, not texting and talking on the phone and ignoring the game.

              But, I am a planner. I am the type of guy with forethought that should be involved on the team’s end to either say “this isn’t a good idea”, or “Hey, in the very unlikely event of a mishap, we should add some sort of insurance, because 70% of people will sue if they happen to get injured”. With such small odds, I am willing to bet they could add quite a bit of insurance for not much money.

  3. schlom - Oct 5, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    If he’s lining up in one end zone shooting at targets in the other end zone, isn’t that longer than 100 yards?