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Mickelson dons Palmer pink, shoots 67

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AUGUSTA, Ga. – Phil Mickelson isn’t a fan of pink. He doesn’t feel it’s a flattering color for him. But he felt he had to change it up and choose a shirt on Saturday that is well out of his comfort zone.

“I don’t wear it well,” Mickelson said. “I had a premonition after spending time with Arnold Palmer, he likes to wear this color, I just had a feeling that I needed to make a move, and I had it in the bag and pulled it out.”

Good move.

Mickelson shot 67 in the third round of the Masters to jump to 11 under par and within five shots of Jordan Spieth. Lefty birdied Nos. 2-4 and 9 to make the turn at 4-under 34. An up-and-down back nine for Mickelson only produced a 1-under result, but a late double bogey from Spieth put a fourth green jacket within reach.

“It’s been a fun three days so far,” he said. “It was really a fun day today.

“My short game has gotten really sharp over the last week or so. I’ve gotten better and better as the week’s gone on. And I’m hitting it all right.”

The ode to Palmer may have worked well on this day at Augusta National, but Mickelson doesn’t intend to push the limits of the good karma. He’s sticking with an old faithful for Sunday’s wardrobe.

“I like to wear dark colors on Sunday,” he said. “I’ve won three times here wearing black shirts, so I’ll wear black tomorrow. It also helps me get more aggressive.

“Studies have shown, like NFL teams, when they wear black, they have more penalties. That’s what I need to do tomorrow is play more aggressive.”