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Phil Mickelson's budding relationship with teen sensation Akshay Bhatia is proving to be mutually beneficial (golfweek.usatoday.com)

Phil Mickelson's budding relationship with teen sensation Akshay Bhatia is proving to be mutually beneficial

Phil Mickelson began the head games with his 18-year-old practice-round opponent Akshay Bhatia early in their nine-hole match on Wednesday. Both players had just run downhill birdie putts at the 10th hole at PGA West’s Nicklaus Tournament Course less than 4 feet past the hole when Lefty, the 50-year-old crafty veteran, said, “I know we’re going to both make them, but let’s putt them anyway. You’re a little closer so, it’s in your favor.”

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