The Twins could use a left-handed ace out of the bullpen, but not the kind of ace that was at Target Field on Monday.
Phil Mickelson of PGA Tour golf fame was at the ballpark along with LPGA star Stacy Lewis to promote the upcoming KMPG Women's PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska taking place June 18-23.
Mickelson is very familiar with Hazeltine having most recently competed in the 2016 Ryder Cup at the Chaska course.
“The way this community has supported the game of golf, it has given me some of the most memorable moments in my career. Specifically the 2016 Ryder Cup, I’ll never forget the way that feel was on the golf course,” Mickelson said. "Being part of the most exciting coming together of a crowd that I’ve ever witnessed or been a part of is something I’ll always cherish.”
Lewis is a two-time major winner and two-time LPGA Player of the Year. The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship will be her first time at Hazeltine. Tickets for the June event are available right here.
In addition to promoting the event, they played some combo golf-baseball games by trying to recreate historic hits in Twins history, only hitting golf balls at targets to simulate the baseball plays.
The shot challenge included recreated a double hit to left-center field in the final at-bat of Joe Mauer's career, followed by an attempt to hit the landing spot for Jim Thome's 500th career home run, and then the landing spot from a grand slam Mauer hit against the Yankees.
According to Fox 9, Lewis hit all three targets while Mickelson was 1-for-3.
Mickelson didn't miss an opportunity to take some batting practice, showing off some power with a home run to right field.