Masters 2018: Watch Phil Mickelson have disastrous air shot on first hole of third round

THIS is the incredible moment Phil Mickelson had a disastrous air shot in the third round of the Masters.

The three-time green jacket winner took a swing and a miss after his drive went miles right into the woods.

Footage showed Mickelson, 47, make his backswing but then come nowhere near hitting the ball on the way down.

He made next to no follow-through and let go of the club with one hand.

Lefty's club clatters into one of two large overhanging branches from the oak tree that was in his way, coming between his head and his club.

On his second attempt he punched the ball back onto the fairway.

 Phil Mickelson lines up to take his second shot from the trees

Phil Mickelson lines up to take his second shot from the trees
 Lefty appears to complete his backswing as normal

Lefty appears to complete his backswing as normal

His troubles did not end there, however, as Mickelson went on to record a card-wrecking triple bogey seven on the par four.

The air shot was his second shot on the hole. He went onto miss the green with his fourth, eventually find the dance floor in five and two-putt for the triple.

That dropped him from five over to eight over for the week.

He then bogeyed the par-five second hole as the heavens opened on the penultimate day of the season's first Major.

 But the three-time Masters champion completely misses the ball on his way down

But the three-time Masters champion completely misses the ball on his way down
 Phil Mickelson practises his backswing with the branch in his way

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Phil Mickelson practises his backswing with the branch in his way
 The American completely missed the ball

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The American completely missed the ball

American Patrick Reed takes a two-shot lead over Australian Marc Leishman going into today's third round on nine under.

Former Open champion Henrik Stenson lies in third on five under, one shot ahead of Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth.

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THIS is the incredible moment Phil Mickelson had a disastrous air shot in the third round of the Masters.