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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 236
PHIL’S STRATEGY IS COMPLEX BETTER LATE THAN NEVER BIG GUNS FAIL TO FIRE THERE are few more exciting things in golf than watching Phil Mickelson in full flight, playing aggressively, pulling off amazing escape shots as he chases another win. So what was he thinking on Saturday afternoon, when he hit an iron for safety off the tee of the par-4 3rd hole? He had just started birdie-eagle to get within one shot of the lead and he did that by taking the course on. At the 3rd, most of the leading players were smashing driver to within pitching distance with great success. Mickelson, instead, took a long iron to avoid the massive scheme of fairway bunkers on the left of the hole and blocked his tee shot straight into the sand. He finished with a double-bogey 6 and the wind was sucked out of Phil’s sails. He finished with a 2-over 74 and started the final round eight shots from the lead and out of contention. SERGIO Garcia’s new found serenity on the golf course might just be the tonic he needs to win more than just one major. Now that he is no longer the best player in the world without a major, the shackles could be off with more wins to follow. At 37, there’s still plenty of time (and life) left for El Nino. A WINDY Augusta National sent some high-profile players packing for the weekend. Defending champion Danny Willett, Open Champion Henrik Stenson and two-time major winner Zach Johnson were among the highest ranked players not to make the cut. All had one or two horror holes but Willett will have nightmares about the 1st hole, where he dropped six shots over the first two rounds.
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