U-AUGUSTA, uGa. - Ukukhululeka apho yonke into yadibana nayo yayibonakala yonke indawo ejikeleze uPhil Mickelson.



Ibhodi ekhokelayo yabonisa ukuba wayekhokela iiMasters ngokudubula kabini. Ngomhla we-18 oluhlaza, wayene-putt ayibonileyo kwaye wabetha izihlandlo ezininzi ngaphambili, iqhekeza elincinci ukusuka ekhohlo ukuya ngasekunene kwintaka eyayingayidingi.

Kwaye kwigumbi lokuhlambela kunye negumbi lokutshixa e-Augusta National, bekhulula izikhonkwane zabo kwaye baqhubela phambili, yayininzi yamadoda - uTiger Woods phakathi kwabo - abahlawulisa eMickelson emva kwemini ngeCawa, bawa.





Kodwa xa loo putt yokugqibela yehla, waza uMickelson wampompa inqindi yakhe ebhiyozela isihloko sakhe sesithathu seeMasters, ukukhululeka kwayo konke kwanyibilika.

Ecaleni kohlaza, kwitumente okokuqala ngqa kwisithuba esingangonyaka, yayiyinkosikazi kaMickelson, uAmy. Ukuwolana kwabo kwathatha ngaphezu kwesiqingatha somzuzu. Bakhe babelana ngezo zihlandlo zokuvuyisana ngaphambili, kodwa kungekhona phantsi kwezi meko.



Ibingunyaka oneemvakalelo, utshilo uMickelson.

Kwitumente apho uWoods enze imbuyekezo ye-ballyhooed kwigalufa emva kokuba ihlazo lezesondo lityumze umfanekiso wakhe, uMickelson wadubula umjikelo wokugqibela wama-67 ukubetha u-Lee Westwood ngeembumbulu ezintathu.



U-Mickelson waphawula uloyiso ngohlobo lweesiginitsha ezidla ngokuchaza iiMasters kwaye waba yindoda yesibhozo ukuphumelela iibhatyi ezintathu eziluhlaza.

Ezo ntlobo zezibalo kunye namaxesha aya kuba yindlela yokuchaza ukunqoba kwe-Mickelson's Masters kwi-2004 kunye ne-2006. Kodwa kungekhona ngoku. Lo uya kuchazwa yiloo hug kunye no-Amy ecaleni kohlaza, kuba kunyaka odlulileyo wafunyaniswa ukuba unomdlavuza webele, kwaye ubomi bukaMickelson - esidlangalaleni nangasese - butshintshile ukususela ngoko.



Udlule kumaxesha anzima mva nje, utshilo uWestwood, kwaye ufanelwe yikhefu okanye ezimbini.

UMickelson uphumelele umqhudelwano owathi, kangangexesha elithile, ubonakala ngathi ungowakwa-Woods, ongazange aphumelele iMasters ukusukela ngo-2005, imbalela yakhe ende kakhulu ukusukela oko wajika.



Kodwa weza apha kwiimeko ezahlukeneyo, ejongene nokuwa kunye nokuphonononga ukuziphatha kwakhe. Kwaye nangona wathi ayichaphazeli igalufa yakhe, i-Woods yayinganyanisekanga ngeCawa, ivala nge-69 yonke indawo eyambeka kwindawo yesine.

Bekuyimini enzima namhlanje, utshilo uWoods. Enye into eyoyikisayo yokufudumala namhlanje. Ndandingenayo, kwaye yayibonakala kakuhle.

Indoda eyenze intlawulo ngasemva kwesithoba yayingu-Anthony Kim, owaqala usuku imivumbo esixhenxe emva kwe-Westwood, inkokeli yomjikelo wesithathu, kwaye wavala nge-65 ebonisa i-birdie-birdie-eagle-birdie ukusuka kwi-13 ukuya kwi-16. Kodwa uKim akakwazanga ukuqhubeka nolo tshintsho, kwaye wathumela i-12-ngaphantsi kwe-276.

Iphantse yalunga ngokwaneleyo. Ngefashoni ye-atypical uMickelson, akazange asongele ngokubuyela kwabo bakhuphisana naye.

Wavula ngeziqendu ezisixhenxe. Naxa ebetha i-tee elahlekileyo okanye ezimbini, akazange enze i-bogey. Kwaye xa ejongeka ekulungele ukubuyisela itumente ngento-eyiyo-yokucinga umzuzu, wangena.

Kwi-par-5 13th, uMickelson ubambe intambo enye ngaphezulu kwe-K.J. Choyi. Watsalela ekunene idrive yakhe, kwiinaliti zompayini. Kwaye wagqiba ukukrazula intsimbi emi-6 ukusuka kwiiyadi ezingama-207 phakathi kweminye imithi.

Umsantsa, wawungemkhulu, kodwa wawumkhulu ngokwaneleyo ukuba ibhola ingene, utshilo.

Ngoko wayikrazula. Kwaye yehla iinyawo ezine ukusuka ephinini. Wayeyikhumbula i-eagle putt, kodwa i-tap-in ye-birdie yamnika intambo ephindwe kabini.

Yenye yezithonga ezimbalwa, eneneni, nguPhil kuphela onokusuka, utshilo uWestwood, owayesemva komnye umthi kwakuloo mngxuma. Ndicinga ukuba abantu abaninzi bebeya kuyikhupha nje loo nto. Kodwa, uyazi, yiloo nto eyenziwa ngabadlali abakhulu.

UMickelson ngoku, ngaphandle kombuzo, ungumdlali obalaseleyo - ngaphandle kwazo zonke izinto ezinkulu aziyekileyo. Phakathi kwabantu bexesha lakhe, nguWoods kuphela oneentshatsheli ezingaphezu kwezine ezinkulu. Kwaye okubaluleke ngakumbi: Uyenzile no-Amy ecaleni kohlaza.

Olu ibe lusuku olukhethekileyo kunye nosuku olukhethekileyo, utshilo uMickelson. Ukuba no-Amy kunye nabantwana bam apha, ukwabelana nabo, andinakuyibeka ngamazwi. … Ukukwazi ukwabelana ngolu hlobo lovuyo kuthetha lukhulu kuthi.




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