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One bad break and Mickelson's Masters went south

Updated: April 12, 2008, 10:04 PM ET
By Ron Sirak | Golf World

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Part of the test of major championship golf is an examination of a player's patience. How well can he handle bad shots and, more importantly, bad breaks?

Phil Mickelson faced such an inquisition Saturday at the Masters and couldn't find the right answers. He handled a bad break badly and played his way out of contention.

Mickelson, who got to 6-under-par and two strokes off the lead with a birdie on the second hole, was at 5-under-par and only three strokes back ...

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