—PETE COWEN

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over and said, “Let me play this back for you.”They had this super-duper close-up of it hit­ting what ap­peared to be maybe a small peb­ble that had come out of a bunker.

the third mem­ber of Mick­el­son’s group: I said to him,“I’m not sure how that missed.” I’m still not sure.

As a cad­die, we sit on the sides of the greens and watch our play­ers putt. I’ve been do­ing it now for 27, 28 years. Be­cause of the an­gles and your whole depth-per­cep­tion thing, you can see a ball roll up to a hole from the side, you can see the speed, you can see the way it’s break­ing, and a foot or two from the hole you can say, That’s ab­so­lutely in, and 99 times out of 100 it goes in. Phil was crushed.As he said, 63 in the first round of a ma­jor, and we left there just crest­fallen.

I saw Phil’s putt on tele­vi­sion that night. I saw him the next morn­ing when I walked past the putting green and gave him some shit. I fin­ished up on 68 at the end of the first day. Phil was only five bet­ter. (Laughs.)

Some­body will shoot 62 at some point, but on that course in those con­di­tions . . . it was dif­fer­ent than Phoenix (his putt for 59 that did a 180-de­gree lip-out at Scotts­dale in 2013).

lee west­wood, jim mackay hen­rik sten­son phil mick­el­son

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