Mickelson - I blew it

American's challenge hampered by triple bogey at the fourth

Last Updated: 12/04/12 12:22pm

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Phil Mickelson: American twice tried to play out of a tight spot right-handed

Phil Mickelson: American twice tried to play out of a tight spot right-handed

Phil Mickelson admitted his chances of a fourth green jacket disappeared when he triple bogeyed the fourth hole of his final round at the Masters.

The American left-hander began day four just a shot off the lead but was always playing catch up after his horror show at what should have been a routine par three.

After his tee shot went left and bounced off the grandstand into the undergrowth, Mickelson twice tried to play out right-handed then chipped his fourth into a bunker, before getting up-and-down for a six.

"That's where it went away," he said. "I don't know what else I could have done differently - I had to be left of the pin to have a chance of par but then I hit a railing.

"I had other chances and I birdied the three par fives but I wasn't able to catch up.

"I didn't feel that I made many mistakes but I just didn't make anything happen.

"It was fun having a chance. I needed to birdie the last two holes and couldn't quite do it. But it was fun."

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