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Face facts, Phil Mickeslon. When the going got tough, you choked, Goosen didn't and that is why he beat you. To blame the course is just classless.

I don't think Phil ever blamed the course for his not winning the championship. Also, I don't think Phil choked at all. He birdied three of four holes on the back nine and forced Goosen to make shots on just about every hole.

I personally had an issue (see my previous post) with the fact that Phil was forced to "lag" a four foot putt on the 17th green. I would have preferred green conditions that would have allowed Phil to be aggressive on the putt. The fact he hit a shot from a green side pot bunker to within four feet on the 17th hole of a major championship with all the pressure that entails, says something. My feeling is any player (not just Phil) who can execute that shot should be rewarded with at least an opportunity to go after the putt. If he misses then, it's his own fault.

Now of course, Retief executed an even better bunker save on the same hole. Although it would have been interesting to see how Retief would have done on the bunker shot if the score was still tied at that time rather than having a two shot cushion.

Phil shot the second best score of the day for the entire field - I hardly consider that choking. Phil played well and Retief played well. At the end of the day, they were separated by the same margin they started the day with. Good playing by both. I don't see it as much as Phil choking (as he has done in the past) as it was Retief winning.


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