Phil Mickelson's Extraordinary Use Of Driver For Second Shot

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Lefty came into Augusta with a shade of momentum after winning his first tournament in almost five years when defeating Justin Thomas in a playoff to claim World Golfing Championship in Mexico, in March, but a 79 in round 2 all but killed his chances of claiming a fourth green jacket this weekend.

The 14-time Major victor was the butt of some Twitter banter before he headed out for last night's final round, sandwiched between names like Bernhard Langer, Fred Couples and Vijay Singh - three former champions with a combined age of 173.

Given his performances on tour this year and some of his shots last night, many still hold out hope of one last hurrah. Still, in contention or not, he pulled off one of the shots of the tournament in the rain at No. 8.

Not only did "Lefty" whiff on his first attempt, but he appeared to bonk his head as he couldn't quite keep his 6-foot-3 inch frame under the branch above while making the ill-fated swing.

McIlroy will play alongside Reed in the final round where the two will get a chance to renew their duel from the 2016 Ryder Cup where they traded birdies in a scintillating stretch of one-upmanship that was deemed an instant classic.

"So I was just a little bit off and I'll take a week or two off and I'll regroup and get back it".

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After giving two of those shots back with bogeys on Nos.

"I've been very consistent this year, especially off the tee, and then last week and this week I've hit some really big misses, which I haven't been doing this year".

Mickelson, 47, will be the next player to try to complete a career Grand Slam at the US Open in June.

"It was better, but it's never easy being out here knowing what you're missing out on with that back nine here on Sunday at the Masters", Mickelson said.

"I hit one good shot this whole week - it was the 7-iron on 17 - which went exactly as I wanted it to".