Phil Mickelson says he was off barely
He was aiming left on triple bogey
Seattle Times news services
AUGUSTA, Ga. — The hugs with his family took place on the clubhouse lawn, not the 18th green. That was occupied, and by this time there was nothing Phil Mickelson could do about it.
It all fell apart, in large part because once again Phil couldn't help being Phil.
He aimed where other players wouldn't dare go on the par-3 fourth hole, certain that his calculations were better than theirs. His target wasn't even the green, but Mickelson was sure he could escape with par from the bunker or anywhere left of there — even the grandstand.
He thought too much, and disaster ensued. Nothing new there, he's been doing it his whole career.
"Tactically I hit that shot where I had to hit it, which is at the bunker," Mickelson insisted. "Anything left of the pin is fine but the right side is almost a sure bogey."
Well, almost anything. Mickelson's shot missed the bunker, careened off a metal railing on the grandstand and ended up in some bushes in a wooded area short and left of the green.
Lefty turned righty, and it wasn't pretty. He turned a wedge around and tried to hack the ball out, but it moved only about a yard. He did it again, pulling it behind the left bunker, then compounded his mistake by chunking his next one in the bunker.
When it was all over he had made 6, his second triple bogey of the week.
• Tiger Woods arrived at Augusta National as a favorite. Instead, he left with his worst score as a pro. A 74 Sunday put Woods at 5-over 293, which was his worst four-round score at Augusta since he posted the same number as a first-time amateur back in 1995. Woods never broke par.
• Sergio Garcia told Spanish reporters after a dismal third round that he doesn't think he's capable of winning a major, and he didn't back off the comments. "If I felt like I could win, I would do it. Unfortunately at the moment, unless I get really lucky in one of the weeks, I can't really play much better than I played this week. And I'm going to finish 13th or 15th. What does that show you?" Garcia's 71 left him at 2-under 286, tied for 12th.
• Seattle native Fred Couples, who had a share of the lead after the second round, finished in a tie for 12th after a 72 for a 2-under 286 total.
• Bo Van Pelt and Adam Scott each made a hole-in-one on the 16th hole Sunday. Van Pelt posted a 30 for the final nine, and finished with an 8-under 64. Scott had a 66.
• Patrick Cantlay was the low amateur at 7-over 295. Hideki Matsuyama finished two strokes behind after an 8-over 80.
• Virginia Rometty, IBM's chief executive and the latest center of controversy over Augusta National not having any female members, was seen on the club's grounds Sunday and is believed to have entertained clients at the club all weekend.