Mick­el­son ends with ‘Sec­onds Slam’ at Masters

The China Post - - SPORTS - BY JIM SLATER

Phil Mick­el­son set­tled for com­plet­ing a ca­reer Sec­ond- Place Slam with his run­ner-up ef­fort Sun­day at the Masters, but the five-time ma­jor cham­pion’s con­fi­dence is high as he seeks the real Grand Slam.

The 44-year-old Amer­i­can left­hander, who had man­aged only one top-10 ef­fort in his past 31 starts, fired a three-un­der par 69 in the fi­nal round at Au­gusta Na- tional, match­ing Eng­land’s Justin Rose for sec­ond on 14-un­der 274, four strokes be­hind Masters win­ner Jor­dan Spi­eth.

“I feel like this is the way I’ve been play­ing but not scor­ing like this. This is the first week that I’ve got the score out of my­self that I thought I should,” Mick­el­son said.

“I plan on tak­ing the next cou­ple of weeks to work on my game and get it sharp and hope­fully use this as a spring­board for the rest of the year be­cause I feel like my game has re­ally come around. This week, I played some good golf and hope­fully I’ll con­tinue the rest of the year.”

It was Mick­el­son’s 10th ca­reer run­ner-up fin­ish in a ma­jor but his first at Au­gusta Na­tional, where he col­lected green jack­ets in 2004, 2006 and 2010. His other ca­reer ma­jor run­ner-up ef­forts in­clude sec­ond at the 2001 and 2014 PGA Cham­pi­onships, the 2011 Bri­tish Open and a record six U.S. Opens, most re­cently in 2013 at Me­rion.

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