Phil Mickelson did his best Kramer impression on Tuesday.
The No. 2 ranked golfer in the world spent the afternoon hitting balls into the Hudson River in New York City. But unlike the Seinfeld star, Mickelson was doing it for charity from the deck of the USS Intrepid.
The event was a kickoff to The Barclays, which is the first event in the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedEx Cup. Mickelson and some select guests took turns chipping toward a target in the water. The contest earned $50,000 for "Birdies for the Brave", a PGA Tour charity that supports the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.
It's difficult to watch Mickelson hit balls into the water and not think of the classic Seinfeld episode where Kramer takes his golf game to the beach for practice. For the uninitiated, one of Cosmo's balls gets lodged in the blowhole of a whale.
There will be no such ecological fallout from yesterday's event however. The golf balls Mickelson and company used were specially designed to float and came complete with The Barclays logo. A chaser boat circled the target and picked up all stray shots, ensuring fiction wouldn't become reality.
Still we'd like to think that Stewart Cink was nearby pretending to be a marine biologist just in case.