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April 10, 2014

The Masters that made McIlroy cry

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Lefty’s bag

Sometimes, there really is a method to the madness of Phil Mickelson.

He once used two drivers at the Masters. Or he’ll come up with a different fairway metal. Sure, the three-time Masters champion loves to tinker with equipment, but he revealed a reason why he’s always working on new clubs for Augusta National.

“It’s because I have two free clubs this week,” Mickelson said. “So for the past six or seven years I’ve played this tournament, I have not had a shot between 90 and 130 yards. So think about that. I have a 40 yard gap there. I take out my sand wedge and gap wedge because I don’t ever need them and it allows me to put in two special clubs. That’s why I’m always working on something.”

Mickelson said he doesn’t need anything special this week. He’s putting a 64-degree wedge in the bag. He’s not sure about the other one.

“I’m not going to play with 13 clubs, but I don’t know what the 14th club is going to be,” he said. “I’ll throw one in — the sand or gap wedge — just out of default, but I don’t ever use them here.”

Someone asked if there was another course where he knew he wouldn’t need all 14 clubs.

“There’s some I need 16, but that’s not really an option,” Mickelson said. “It’s just kind of one of those unique things, when the course got redesigned ... the holes that we used to hit sand wedge, gap wedge in — No. 1, No. 9, sometimes 14, sometimes 17 — you just can’t now.”

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BUGS ON THE BARBIE: The Masters has produced champions from four continents in five years, which means a little diversity when it comes to the Champions Dinner on Tuesday night. Angel Cabrera had blood sausage on the menu, a staple in Argentina. Charl Schwartzel of South Africa served monkey gland sauce to go on the meats. Bubba Watson had breaded chicken.

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