Phil Mickelson made more news off the course than he did on it Saturday.
The overnight leader through 36 holes at TPC River Highlands, Mickelson will now enter Sunday six back of leader Brendon Todd following a third-round 71. Mickelson was the only player in the 34 on the leaderboard through three days to shoot over par Saturday.
That said, he’s nonetheless generating headlines with an apparent move to trademark the phrase: “Hit Bombs.”
Despite turning 50 last week, Mickelson is just as long as he’s ever been in his career, averaging 301.4 yards off the tee this season.
“Hit Bombs” has been a refrain for Mickelson in the last year, as he’s increasingly taken to social media.
The trademark application lists “Golf shirts, shirts, golf caps, and hats” next to a “Goods and Services” line.
Mickelson debuted his own logo back in 2017, playing off his victory celebration from the 2004 Masters, his first major win.