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Mickelson talks Masters, putting, Tiger, Olympics

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DORAL, Fla. – Phil Mickelson arrived at Doral Wednesday fresh off a two-week hiatus on the PGA Tour and two days at Augusta National with Keegan Bradley and Dustin Johnson.

Here’s a rundown of Mickelson’s best comments from a Wednesday sitdown with the press:

On Augusta National: “It’s in great shape as it always is. Every year, two greens are redone with subtle changes and this year those holes were 8 and 16.”

“I just love playing there and there’s a few courses in the world that I get excited to go play.”

Did he keep score playing Augusta National with Bradley and Johnson: “Just 1 up, 2 up, 3 up….”

Asked thoughts about Ernie Els declaring Tiger Woods is back after his final-round 62 at the Honda Classic: “Yeah, obviously (Tiger) was paying attention a couple of weeks ago which is nice to see.”

On recent form: “I’m glad to be back playing well again, and to be not just executing in practice. That just feels really good, to be making putts again. This is a different year for me for one simple reason: my putter is back. I hit the ball great the last couple of years, and this year, I can roll it again and it feels terrific.”

The announcement that Gil Hanse will design the 2016 Olympic golf course in Rio: “It would have been easier to go with a big name. And instead, they went with the best. I thought that was pretty cool.”