Something About Augusta Always Brings out the Best in Lefty
The Masters always seems to bring out the best in Phil Mickelson.
Lefty hasn’t done much this year, failing to finish higher than 17th on the PGA Tour. But he’ll go to the final round of the Masters in the next-to-last group after shooting a 5-under 67 on Saturday.
A three-time Augusta champion, Mickelson shot 32 on the front side and had the crowd roaring when he rolled in a 40-foot birdie putt at the 16th. He stumbled on 17 with a three-putt bogey, but a par at the final hole gave him hope going to Sunday.
He’s at 11-under 205, five shots behind leader Jordan Spieth.
Mickelson knew it could’ve been better.
“On the back, I ended up
Not that he’s complaining too much.
“It really is the best to play late on the weekends here at Augusta,” Mickelson said.
He wore a pink shirt in honor of Arnold Palmer, figuring he needed an Arnie-like charge to get back in contention.
Mickelson will go back to his customary black on Sunday — in hopes of complementing it with green.
Justin Rose has been a slow starter at this Masters.
But he sure knows how to close.
Now, the 2013 U.S. Open champion will be looking for his best finish yet.
Rose still has some work to do — he’s four strokes behind — but he likes going out with the leader.
“It’ll be great to keep an eye on him,” Rose said.
He put himself in a hole Saturday by bogeying two of the first five holes, but didn’t let it get him down.
Heck, that was actually an improvement on Rose’s start Friday, when he bogeyed three of the first four holes but still managed to shoot 70.
Give the kid another record.
Jordan Spieth posted the lowest 54-hole score in Masters history by shooting a 2-under 70 Saturday, sending him to the final round with a four-stroke lead.
Spieth’s total over three mostly brilliant days at Augusta National was 16-under 200, breaking the mark of 201 set by Raymond Floyd in 1976 and matched by Tiger Woods in 1997.
The 21-year-old Texan set the record even with a double bogey at the 17th, giving a glimmer of hope to those who’ll be chasing him Sunday.
Justin Rose birdied five of the last six holes for a 67 that got him into the final group with Spieth on Sunday. Rose was at 204 overall.
Three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson was another stroke behind after shooting 67.
Charley Hoffman shot 71 and is six shots back, probably the only other player with a realistic shot on the final day.
Everyone else is at least 10 shots back. The group at 210 includes Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.
Spieth set the record with a brilliant up-and-down for par at the 18th hole. After hitting into the gallery behind a bunker, he pitched out 10 feet below the flag and made the putt.
Say this about Jordan Spieth: He’s not perfect.
In his worst stumble of the Masters, Spieth made a double-bogey 6 at the 17th hole Saturday, providing a bit of hope to those who’ll be chasing him in the final round.
Spieth joined Tiger Woods as the only players to reach 18-under par at the Masters with a birdie at No. 16, giving him a commanding seven-shot lead — his biggest of the week.