'Great target': Phil takes playful jabs at DJ

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AUGUSTA, Ga. – No one ever said a practice round with Phil Mickelson was easy.

Mickelson may be the game’s most sharp-tongued player, never shy to needle a fellow player, and Lefty started early on Tuesday at Augusta National. His target of choice: Dustin Johnson.

“I always like to rough up Dustin. He's just a great target,” Mickelson said. “We were walking down [No.] 1, and I just said, ‘So, what are your plans tonight?’”

Mickelson, a three-time Masters’ winner, was referring to Tuesday’s Champions Dinner, but Johnson may not have gotten the jab.


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“Might have been a little too subtle,” Mickelson laughed.

Mickelson and Johnson were joined by Bryson DeChambeau for Tuesday’s practice round, and the amateur is wired much like Lefty when it comes to playing golf with a critical mind.

“Bryson and I were talking about some of the science of an uphill putt and a downhill putt and the break and why it's most from this point and that point and so forth,” Mickelson said. “He was using some pretty scientific terms and Dustin kind of shook his head and he said, 'If I hang around you guys much longer, I'll never break 100.'”