Mickelson: Rain helping long hitters
Phil Mickelson indicated that this weeks’ rain should aid the long hitters at the Masters on the weekend.
The heavy showers around Augusta are expected to continue which will soften up the greens, as the Lefty points out.
“The greens are very soft and receptive and so the longer hitters are going to be able to reach the par-fives and get the ball stopped on the greens,” said the 44-year-old on yourgolftravel.com.
“Guys like Dustin [Johnson] and JB. Holmes and Bubba Watson and Rory McIlroy – the usual suspects who really hit the ball long – have a distinct advantage coming into these greens.
“I’m going to be trying to swing as hard as I can. I won’t be able to keep up with them, but hopefully I’ll be able to keep it in the same zip code and have short irons into greens so I can have opportunities at lots of birdies.”
No stranger to the Masters, Mickelson has three Green jackets to his name and the iconic course puts him in the right frame of mind to perform well.
“The thing about Augusta is that for me personally, I don’t feel like I have to be perfect, so it relaxes me,” added the five time Major winner.
“Even though I may not have my best stuff on any given day, I still feel like I can shoot in the 60s and I still feel like I can make pars and birdie some holes to shoot a decent number.
“It’s also a golf course that’s very difficult to pull away. It’s not a course you’re going to see a lot of 63s or 64s anymore. If you just keep it around par, shoot anything under par, you’re not going to lose a lot of ground to the leaders.”
The veteran has been paired with world number one Rory McIlroy and fellow American Ryan Moore for the opening two rounds of the Masters, which tees off tomorrow.
‘Is this where I am going to die?’ Nicolas Colsaerts on kidney disorder battle
The Belgian is the focus of attention this week as he belatedly defends the Cazoo Open de France title he won three years ago.
On this day in 2008: Ryder Cup misery in Louisville for Nick Faldo’s Europe team
Faldo was heavily criticised for his tactics in the closing singles.
Open champion Cameron Smith wins first LIV trophy in just second start
The world number two is the highest-ranked player to join the rebel series.
Robert MacIntyre beats Matt Fitzpatrick in play-off to win Italian Open
MacIntyre birdied the first extra hole at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club, the venue for next year’s Ryder Cup.
Matt Fitzpatrick holds narrow lead ahead of final round at Italian Open
Rory McIlroy and Aaron Rai are one shot off the pace.
Rory McIlroy picks up the pace to claim lead ahead of Matt Fitzpatrick in Rome
McIlroy’s group looked unlikely to complete their second rounds after taking three hours to play nine holes.
Matt Fitzpatrick leads way at Italian Open despite ‘inconsistent’ display
The US Open champion held a one-shot lead over fellow Englishman Tom Lewis,
Rory McIlroy rues a late night until eagle gets him flying in Italian Open
The four-time major winner was only a shot behind leader Matt Fitzpatrick after the first round of the Rome event.
Rory McIlroy begins Italian Open with superb 67 after recovering from slow start
He kick-started his round by holing out from 115 yards for an eagle on the par-four third.
Shane Lowry: Golf risks alienating fans with disgusting amount of money involved
The BMW PGA Championship winner insists he was never tempted to join LIV Golf.