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Mickelson's in a no-win situation

If Phil wins, it's because Tiger lost it. If Phil loses, it's because Tiger intimidated him. Isn't it about time we give Mickelson some credit?

Updated: April 12, 2006, 1:38 PM ET
By Tim Keown | Page 2

As someone with moderate interest in golf as a sport and less interest in those who play it, it seems to me Phil Mickelson is a guy who is destined to be shorted. No matter what he does, he can't catch a break.

There have been athletes throughout history whose achievements have been diminished because of the outsized performance of a competitor; that's nothing new. But Mickelson seems to have entered another realm.

Mickelson can't win, especially among the hard-core golf crowd. ...

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