Mickelson sets sights on Masters

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Phil Mickelson coasted to one of the biggest wins in US Tour history at the BellSouth Classic on Sunday.

As he says will be the case at the Masters this week, Mickelson carried two drivers and no sand wedge in his bag as he marched to an astonishing 13-stroke win and a successful defence of the Atlanta title. Having an eagle at the last for a closing 65 and 28-under-par aggregate of 260, the world No 4 beat the tournament record by five strokes and compiled the third widest margin of victory on the circuit in more than 50 years.

Jose Maria Olazabal, beaten by Mickelson in a play-off at the event last year, shared second with 2004 winner Zach Johnson.

"Now the goal is to improve my play," Mickelson said of this week's Masters. He does not agree with the majority who believe the changes are playing into the hands of long-hitters like him. "Anybody can win," he said. "The reason I say that is that the course is so long now that the long hitters used to be able to hit wedges into some of the pin placements and get it close. Now we're hitting mid-irons in, we can't get to those pins any more."