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Regardless of score, Phil Mickelson is the people’s champion

By Laura Keeley, The News & Observer Modified: June 15, 2014 at 10:46 pm •  Published: June 16, 2014

— The cheers started as soon as the flag was back in the 17th green.


Phil Mickelson received a standing ovation from the fans in the stands on the 18th tee and another as he approached the 18th green. Judging from the size and enthusiasm of the crowd, it would have been impossible to guess this was for the man who would finish tied for 28th place, 7 over par.

After his tee shot...
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