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Mickelson loses money match

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BETHESDA, Md. – Phil Mickelson played a risky shot into the 18th in Tuesday’s U.S. Open practice round at Congressional Country Club.

He went after that dangerous back pin at that treacherous green because he and Jeff Overton were 1 down against Dustin Johnson and Hunter Mahan in their match.

But Mickelson’s big draw slammed into the bank left of the green, kicked backward and trickled into the water.

“We clipped them at the end,” Mahan said.

Mickelson relishes money matches in practice rounds as a way to hone his game. As he told AP’s Doug Ferguson last week, the money’s not outrageous, though he did collect some $100 bills in a practice round match against Tiger Woods before the L.A. Open in 1998, the last time those two played a money practice-round match.

“It’s better to have a little something on a match than just playing 18 holes,” Mahan said. “You see the course in a different light. It puts a little more pressure on tee shots and hitting greens. It helps to have a little intensity.”

How much did they play for?

“Nothing crazy,” Overton said. “It’s mostly for pride.”