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After Further Review: Phil building Masters momentum

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Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On Phil Mickelson's early-season resurgence ...

It wasn’t the ending Phil Mickelson was hoping for. A silly bogey at the 10th hole after finding a water hazard with his tee shot, a missed 16 footer at No. 14 for birdie, another errant tee shot at the last for bogey and a closing 70.

Lefty would finish alone in fifth place at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, three strokes behind winner Adam Scott, but whatever disappointment there may be will be short lived as the veteran moves closer to Augusta National.

Mickelson has played some of his most consistent golf in years in 2016, finishing in the top 5 three times. For a player of his status there’ll always be a sting that comes with not winning, but considering how far he’s come since last season there will also be a measure of satisfaction. – Rex Hoggard


On Adam Scott's caddie situation ...

After back-to-back victories, with a runner-up before that, Adam Scott is undoubtedly the hottest player in the world right now. It’s a strong distinction, given the level of play already this year from some of the game’s best, and it makes his adherence to an upcoming caddying decision all the more puzzling.

Scott has won each of the last two weeks with David Clark on the bag, but he insists that he will have longtime looper Steve Williams alongside him at the Masters. Scott and Williams won the 2013 Masters together, and Williams aided Tiger Woods to three other green jackets, so the decision certainly has its merit.

But as the old adage goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Scott and Clark have clearly built a strong rapport early in their relationship, and the results have quickly followed. Will Scott remain steadfast even if he makes it three in a row at Bay Hill, where he should have won in 2014? What if he adds another WGC title later this month in Texas?

If Scott wants to bring Williams with him down Magnolia Lane, that’s fine. But for him to cling to that decision without at least giving Clark a second look after his work over the last month? That could lead to leaving the wrong man on the bench based on a technicality. – Will Gray


On the PGA Tour/LPGA alliance ...

There has to be more to the PGA Tour and LPGA’s new strategic alliance than solely a desire to help each other grow the game.

Yes, that’s a worthy cause and golf needs these kinds of sincere, cooperative efforts. And, yes, the PGA Tour understands bringing more women into golf is good for its future, too. The Tour launched its own women’s initiative three years ago.

Still, it’s incredibly generous for the PGA Tour to suddenly start helping the LPGA grow its brand. Why now? The LPGA has been doing business independent from the PGA Tour since 1950. It seems no coincidence this partnership includes news that the PGA Tour will “represent” the LPGA in future domestic TV negotiations.

Is the PGA Tour trying to strengthen its position for some future move? Should we expect another shoe to drop? Whatever else this proves to be, it shows the PGA Tour sees the LPGA as a partner worthy of an alliance. That’s a terrific a testament to the work commissioner Mike Whan and his team is doing in making the LPGA a good partner for people who do business with them. – Randall Mell