Phil Mickelson explains video with gorillas that took social media by storm ahead of LIV Golf Bedminster

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BEDMINSTER, N.J. — If you didn’t see the Phil Mickelson and gorillas video, where have you been?

The clip came from a LIV Golf video announcing their latest addition to the broadcast, fan-favorite analyst David Feherty, who made his debut at this week’s event at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster. After the first round on Friday, a frustrated Mickelson spoke with the media about his recent struggles with his game, saying, “I don’t feel lost. I don’t feel like I’m hitting terrible shots, but I’m just not scoring.”

The 52-year-old also dished on the viral video that took social media by storm. Eight months ago Mickelson and his wife, Amy, planned a trip for her 50th birthday, which was the end of May. They ended up spending a few days in Rwanda before visiting Tanzania.


“It looked like it was a preserve, but one day out of a month the gorillas come out of a jungle. There’s like a wall there and they come out of the jungle and eat some of the eucalyptus trees for the salt and the stem, and we were lucky enough to see them on that day because we had a much better view of the entire family,” explained Mickelson. “Amy is all excited because a little baby gorilla came up to her and kind of bumped into her. She seems to have that effect on all animals. They all come to her. But it was a really special trip for us.”

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That led Henrik Stenson, who joined Mickelson, Charles Howell III and Patrick Reed for the interview, to ask the important question: Did the gorilla bring a birthday present for her?

“They sang happy birthday for her,” Mickelson said with a smile.

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