(CNN) — Golf good Phil Mickelson was finding it a battle on the path in recent weeks could have done without a freak occurrence which left his participation in the last form of the BMW Championship at Medinah in some doubt.
The 49-year-old American is remaining like many different players and officials at the Eaglewood Hotel, near the course, but surely reckoned without it being struck by lightning Sunday morning.
A fire ensued after the strike, together with the Chicago fire department arriving on the scene to put out it, but also evacuating the hotel guests, including Mickelson.
With a scheduled ancient tee time at 10.52 am neighborhood, Mickelson was abandoned without his clubs and clothing and used social media to discuss his difficulty.
Luckily,’Lefty’ was let back in just in time and came in the route with approximately half an hour to spare for this fourth round, requiring a miraculous charge up the area to get any chance of creating the top 30 qualifying for the Tour Championship finale in East Lake weekly.
Regrettably, following his early morning hiatus, Mickelson might discover little inspiration in his final round and searching for the form that saw him triumph for the 44th season on the PGA Tour at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am back in February.
He finished using a 71 to get five-under overall.
His longtime arch-rival Tiger Woods also failed to qualify for East Lake, at which he’d have been defending winner, briefly raising hopes with two early birdies before falling back down the area.
He eventually finished with a level-par 72 for 281 – seven-under-par.
Victory went to third round leader Justin Thomas, who held off a determined challenge from fellow American Patrick Cantlay to win by three strokes on 25-under-par.
Cantlay carded a last round 65 with Hideki Matsuyama of Japan a further two shots back after a brilliant nine-under 63.
Thomas has taken over top spot in the FedEx Cup standings out of Brooks Koepka, who directed Mickelson in the final round and finished using a five-under-par 67, his best of the week.
Cantlay has also moved forward of Koepka into second place, but with all still to play in the season-ending tournament in Atlanta.