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Watch: Phil Mickelson whiffs en route to triple bogey on Masters' first hole

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Making the cut in a golf tournament guarantees you a check, but it doesn’t guarantee you’re going to play anything close to engaged golf. Phil Mickelson made the cut at the Masters on the number, at +5, and when you’re that far back, you’re not coming close to winning. Even so, you want to make a better showing on the weekend than this:


HE WHIFFED. Granted, Phil was stuck in the trees with no angle and no real hope, but still … man, that hurts to watch.

Mickelson went triple bogey-bogey to start the fourth round, which meant that he played a 12-hole stretch at 11 over par.

Ahh, but he wasn’t done with his excursions through the trees. Not. Even. Close.

Here he is at No. 7:


And No. 9:


And No. 11:


Phil Mickelson, in trouble. (via screenshot)

That’s … not exactly how to get it done. Better luck next major, Phil.
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Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter or on Facebook.