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Golf Australia Express : August 2013 - PGA Championship
I N 2003, Mickelson was an 11-year PGA Tour veteran with 22 Tour victories and all the talent in the world. But no major silverware to cap the collection. Hardly a cause for mass panic, but for a man with greater designs for himself, the time was ripe to tread another path. Somewhat belatedly embracing the winds of change, that year he gave up long-time swing coach Rick Smith and his ‘smash-it-and-see’ style, and switched to Dave Pelz, who advocated driving accuracy and playing the percentages around the greens. The following year, Mickelson was a Masters champion. A PGA Championship followed in 2005 and he added a second green jacket to his wardrobe two years after his first. B UT THEN, a lull. There were no more major victories in 2007 or 2008. With 2009 came the news that made golfing results and giant novelty cheques seem incomprehensibly insignificant. His wife, Amy, had cancer and would begin treatment immediately. He took a short hiatus from the Tour, but returned to post a fifth runner-up finish at the US Open. Weeks later another bomb fell—his mother was also battling breast cancer. With more to deal with at home than most could imagine, Mickelson would’ve been more than forgiven for dropping away as his family took priority. Instead, his wife was waiting for him by the 18th green as he made the Masters his own for a third time in April 2010. Renaissance complete.
July 2013 - THE OPEN