Mickelson delivers (good-natured?) barb at Kuchar

Phil Mickelson prepares for his tee shot on four during the second round of the Masters Tournament Friday, April 12, 2019, at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta. Jason Getz / Special to the AJC
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Phil Mickelson prepares for his tee shot on four during the second round of the Masters Tournament Friday, April 12, 2019, at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta. Jason Getz / Special to the AJC

Credit: Jason Getz

Credit: Jason Getz

Phil Mickelson didn’t miss a chance to deliver a good-natured shot at his friend Matt Kuchar – even while driving up Magnolia Lane.

Mickelson posted a video on his Twitter account as he drove into Augusta National before the third round of the Masters on Saturday. Mickelson and Kuchar were paired together for a 1:45 p.m. tee time as they both stood at 4 under par, three strokes off the lead.

Mickelson offered this comment about the pairing – an obvious barb at the well-documented flap involving Kuchar and the payment, or lack there off, to a caddie last year.

“I’ve got a great pairing today with Matt Kuchar,” Mickelson said. “Obviously, we are not going to have any side action today because I’d probably see like 0.6 percent if I did win.”

Kuchar was criticized for paying a local caddie just $5,000 after a victory at the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico in November. Kuchar won $1.296 million for the victory. Caddies usually receive about 10 percent of a golfer’s winnings. Kuchar later offered the caddie $50,000.

The 48-year-old Mickelson spent most of the video promoting his strategy to hit “bombs” off the tee and being aggressive going at pins to win a fourth Masters. Should he accomplish the feat, he would be the oldest player \to win a major.

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