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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 199
BY ADRIAN BALLANTYNE DUSTIN'S G OLFING sentiment is a funny thing sometimes. Every time a major rolls around we all dutifully roll out Phil Mickelson as a potential winner. This could be Phil’s week, we say. He’s hitting form at just the right time, we muse. He just knows how to win majors. But there was a time when he was far more likely than he is now to be holding a major trophy in the fading Sunday afternoon sun. And yet if you were on the punt, back then you wouldn’t have touched him with a broomstick putter. After 17 top 10 major finishes between the beginning of his professional career in 1992 and the end of 2003, including three runner-up finishes and five thirds, Mickelson appeared permanently consigned to bridesmaid status. He was a choker, luck was against him, he was seemingly incapable of beating Tiger and was handed perhaps golf’s most unwanted moniker: the best never to win one. The list went on and the constant criticism and questions were incessant. Sound all too familiar? Phil was 34 when he finally won his first major. He now has five. There’s a decent argument that he should have plenty more, but if you offered an aspiring golfer five majors as he embarked on his career, he’d take it in a heartbeat. Dustin Johnson turns 32 today, and when he emerges at some stage later this week after one hell of a party, it’ll be as golf’s newest major champion.
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