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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 274
PLAYER PROFILE any time soon. In fact, his stats surrounding his longevity among the elite are staggering. Of course, the only thing missing from the resume is he never reached No.1 in the world ranking. But consider this: Mickelson was No.2 for 270 weeks, 567 weeks in the top-five and 786 weeks in the top-10. Lastly, he spent 1,085 weeks in the top-20, which is two and a half years longer than Tiger Woods spent in the top-20. Admittedly, Woods' injuries and personal problems kept him away from the game but Mickelson also had time on the sidelines. He took time off to support his wife, Amy, in her breast cancer fight. He had his own health issues that began in 2010, just as he was making a push for the No.1 world ranking, when he was diagnosed with chronic psoriatic arthritis that left him struggling to even make a golf swing when it flared. Not only did he recover enough to continue competing but he has won four times since, including the 2013 Open. Will he win again? Maybe. If the now No.35 ranked player in the world keeps putting himself in the frame on Sunday there’s every likelihood he’ll either win one or two tournaments ... or throw one or two away. And that’s what Mickelson offers that 99 percent of the rest of the guys on the PGA Tour don’t. Only he is capable of playing shots no other player would even imagine, let alone play. His iron shot from behind a tree, off the pine straw, through more trees and onto the 13th green to leave a three-foot eagle putt en route to winning the 2010 Masters is proof of that. So is the stumbling finish to lose the 2006 US Open. Mickelson in many respects is a flawed golfing genius who makes us envy his freakish shot-making skills and, just as quickly, question "what was he thinking?" As a result, he has become one of the most popular players in the game. We love to see him in the chase because his no holds barred approach, much like Arnold Palmer in his heyday, is compelling viewing. A fourth green jacket for Mickelson would be a fairytale result in what has been a remarkable career for the one-time World No.49. E WE LOVE TO SEE HIM IN THE CHASE BECAUSE HIS NO HOLDS BARRED APPROACH, MUCH LIKE ARNOLD PALMER IN HIS HEYDAY, IS COMPELLING VIEWING.
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