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Hooks and Cuts The Masters

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AUGUSTA, Ga. –  They build bridges at Augusta National for guys like Phil Mickelson. Maybe a plaque at 13.  

  • The U.S. Open gives us pressure putts for par. At the Masters, it’s pressure putts for eagle. That’s the beauty of it.
  • For the first time since 2006, it’s not a stretch to imagine Mickelson overtaking Tiger Woods as No. 1, and staying there for a couple years.  
  • Anthony Kim never looked better than he did when he hammered that putt at 16. Big talent, big smile, big future.  
  • Arnold Palmer hit the first shot of the week Thursday morning. Mickelson hit the last. Fitting.
  • Movies get made from weeks like this.  
  • Woods has not lost an ounce of fight, and needs every bit of it the way he swings.
  • The 12th hole has been very good to Mickelson.  He birdied it six years ago and again Sunday.
  • Fred Couples swings the same as he did four years ago. Unfortunately he putts the same as well.      
  • Two other forces conspired to make it a perfect week: Mother Nature and Father Payne. Billy Payne loosened the laces on Augusta National. There was no rain this weekend, but plenty of thunder.  
  • Strange, but we’re back to wondering when Woods will play next.
  • As good as Mickelson was on the second nine, he was just as good at the green jacket ceremony. I liked when he said, “I want to thank my man Bones.”
  • I’m curious to see just how good Matteo Manassero will be when he’s 21. He turns 17 next Monday and he’ll turn professional in time for the Italian Open in a early May. With the Molinari brothers and now Matty M. on the scene, suddenly the Italian becomes a tournament to watch.   
  • This has to be a top five all time Masters, right?
  • Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk, Ernie Els and TMZ never factored this week.