AUGUSTA, Ga. – Perhaps the most telling sign of how comfortable Phil Mickelson feels playing at Augusta National doesn't come simply from his familiar beaming smile, fist bumps with fans or clear expression of joy to be back – each of which was on display as he marched through the galleries to Wednesday's loose par-3 contest here.
The secret might be in his bag or, more precisely, what isn't.
Tournament golf allows for players to carry a maximum of 14 clubs with them to use. Some are in there routinely: drivers, putters and standard-issue stuff. Others – precisely shaved wedges or maybe a low iron – can be switched in based on the layout of a course or weather conditions. It's a small, but occasionally significant sliver of the game.
For Mickelson, Augusta National lays out so perfectly for his game that his pre-Masters club decision is an unusual one. It isn't about paring down his choices to 14 clubs, but even bothering to get up to the allowable maximum.
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