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Mickelson finds his '04 groove

Updated: August 12, 2005, 10:57 AM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. -- In all those years when Phil Mickelson wasn't winning majors, the book on him said that he fell in love with all the things he could do to a golf ball. Draw, fade, long, short, high, soft -- Mickelson could do everything but get his ball in the hole quicker than everyone else.

Then, at the 2004 Masters, came the transformation. Like a Frank Tanana, who learned how to pitch without having to throw gas, Mickelson took something off the ball. He hit a soft cut off the tee. ...

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