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JIM GORANT
April 19, 2010
The big story, the Italian Stallion and the death of socks
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April 19, 2010

Up & Down

The big story, the Italian Stallion and the death of socks

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Phil Mickelson

Mr. Mickelson, Hollywood on line one, Oprah on line two. After a year of hell dealing with his wife's and mother's breast cancer and struggling on the course, Mickelson was solid at worst and frequently spectacular. Winged Foot Schminged Foot.

Black

For all three of his Masters wins Phil sported a black shirt. On Sunday he wore all black, as did K.J. Choi, who tied for fourth. Those two players outdueled or matched their red-shirted playing partners, Lee Westwood and Tiger Woods, respectively.

The Course

Subtle changes to the layout and setup—a few reduced bunkers, thicker grass on the banks, new pin positions—and carefully considered hole and tee placements brought that Masters magic back by giving the players opportunities for the spectacular or the catastrophic.

Matteo Manassero

The youngest player ever at the Masters, the 16-year-old from Italy showed great poise in becoming the first amateur to make the cut since 2005. He'll turn 17 in the coming weeks and go pro, making his debut at the European tour's Italian Open.

South Korea

Besides Choi's heroics, defending PGA Championship winner Y.E. Yang (right) finished in the top 10 at seven under, and Korean-American Anthony Kim lit up the back nine on Sunday to hit 12 under and finish third.

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