And so it proved at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am as Mickelson almost made a complete fool of himself before just about styling it out.
After sinking a decent downhill put, the American, 48, picked his ball out of the hole and then went to acknowledge the applause from the crowd in the only way golfers know how: by tipping his cap.
The problem was… he wasn't wearing a cap.
Instead, with the poor weather in California, Lefty had opted for a wooly hat for parts of the weekend.
So rather than tipping his cap, Mickelson ended up bizarrely stroking his temple.
Upon realising, though, Mickelson adjusted his hat ever so slightly to try and cover up his blooper.
Funnily enough, just as the golfing star made his recovery, the commentator on the video said: "He looked very, very confident right there."
The video was shared by @golf60s on Instagram and has been liked by more than 39,000 people.
Unsurprisingly, there were plenty of funny comments as users told their mates about it.
One said: "lol the finger shuffle."
Another wrote: "Muscle memory don't dog him haha."
A third added: "This is gold."
While @huddhankins offered his support to Mickelson, saying: "The goat does what the goat wants."
Over on Twitter, eagle-eyed @odonnellsptfan did not miss the moment. She tweeted: "lmao, Mickelson wanted to do his usual 'thank you' but forgot he had a beanie on instead of a cap."
Despite his tip failure, the Californian is on the brink of winning his fifth Pebble Beach Pro-Am title.
He has a three-shot lead ahead of the rest of the field but was forced off the course yesterday due to bad light with just two holes left of the fourth and final round.
Englishman Paul Casey is joint-second and the only other player yet to complete his tournament but it would take a monumental collapse for Mickelson to fall short.
Maybe, he'll opt for the cap today…
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