Phil Mickelson says Augusta National has to be respected with firm greens providing ‘real test’

Source : Sky Sports

Phil Mickelson at the ripe old age of 50 will be looking to make his 29h appearance on the greens of Augusta this week. Mickelson believes that, unlike last year when Dustin Johnson emerged victoriously, the firm greens will provide a stern test. The greens in autumn rendered the greens defensiveness but this year the greens in spring should be tougher to navigate,

“The guys are so precise in their ability to fly the golf ball the correct yardage with every club that if you have soft receptive greens, it’s like having a military and then not giving them any weapons. It’s defenceless.” Mickelson said. “So with firm greens, that’s the defence. It’s not like we have US Open rough here. There are no tight fairways. The defence is the greens.”

“And so even though the course is made longer, the ability for all the best players to fly the ball a specific yardage with whatever club, if the ball stops on those sections, they are going to eat this course up, every course,” he added. “However, when the greens are firm, those small sections are very hard to hit and you’ve got to really strategise on where you leave it. That’s the whole defence of the golf course.”

After turning 50, Mickelson has participated in a mix of Senior events and PGA tournaments. He was victorious in two tournaments on the Senior Tour last year and says he is thoroughly enjoying his time there. But he also revealed that he is not done playing against the best in the world just yet.


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