On Thursday, golfer Phil Mickelson began the day quite early and ended late at the Augusta Masters and he fought gamely to hold his hopes alive for a 4th green jacket.

The forty-one year old American fan favourite was on hand – dressed in his Masters green jacket – to see golfing legends Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player set the white ball rolling as honorary beginners after the sunrise. After that, he did little practice, had a bath and returned to tee-off in the final grouping of the day.

Phil started with a bogey and he was 2 over at the turn before a fatal triple-bogey 7 at the tenth, where he missed his ball at the tee which had him at 5 over and meant that there was a distinct posibillity that he would miss the cut at the Augusta National for only 2nd time in twenty campaigns, though it would have been against all the us open golf betting odds!

Phil was keen to let people know that his form had nothing to do with the early start – he has been watching the sunrise tee-offs each season and he often felt it has worked out great in the past – especially when he had the very last tee time. He also added that he came out and was able to see them tee off, have breakfast with Butch Harmon and a short practice session just after that.