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Phil Mickelson Plays Solid When He Needed Exceptional

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Phil Mickelson knew he needed a truly special round to catch Jordan Spieth.

Instead, he ended up in a familiar spot.

Runner-up.

Mickelson closed with a 3-under 69 that left him tied with Justin Rose, four shots behind the wire-to-wire winner.

On a resume that includes five major titles, it was the 10th second-place finish for Lefty in golf's biggest events.

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This won't hurt as bad as some of the others, especially all those close calls in the only major he's never won, the U.S. Open.

Mickelson never got any closer than four shots of the lead, even after holing out an eagle from the bunker at the par-5 15th hole.

''It was just a good, solid round of golf,'' Mickelson said. ''I needed something exceptional.''

He was doomed by three bogeys, which prevented him from making a serious run at Spieth.

''Every time I got a birdie here or there, I stalled with a bogey,'' Mickelson said. ''It was a really fun tournament. I thought I played some good golf. I just got outplayed. Jordan was phenomenal.''

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