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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Mickelson delivers (good-natured?) barb at Kuchar

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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