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Golf Australia Express : August 2013 - PGA Championship
TOUR Words by Adrian Ballantyne KEEPING UP THE FIGHT I N 2004, PHIL MICKELSON WAS AT WHAT IN SPORTING PARLANCE IS REFERRED TO ALL TOO OFTEN AS “THE CROSSROADS”. In 2010, he found the crossroads again. Then in 2013, after a sixth runner-up finish at the tournament he simply cannot conquer— the US Open—there were those intersecting strips of carriageway once more. Professional golf, while easier on the body than, let’s be honest, almost any other sporting pastime, can be a brutal game. For all the beauty in its rhythm, grace and precision, the list of good players the game has chewed up and spat out is longer than any honour roll. Mickelson has never been one of those. His skill was too great and his competitive nectar too potent to ever consign him to a career of underachievement. But only the strongest of wills and the most steely mind could have reshaped a game and winning ability not once, but three times—three distinctly separate acts in a long and now distinguished career. OTG
July 2013 - THE OPEN