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McIlroy has got it all: Mickelson

If he'd been magnificent in victory at Augusta, runner-up Phil Mickelson was classy in defeat at the hands of Rory McIlroy.

Rory played some incredible golf and 30 on the back nine at this course is just fabulous,” said the Californian.

“I've played with Rory a few times and he's a great young man. I really enjoy being around him. So I'm delighted he won, even if it was at my own expense.”

“He's an amazing talent,” added Mickelson, who will go to world number one for the first time this week if he wins the Players Championship and Tiger Woods — rubbish in North Carolina — is outside the top five.

“You knew he was going to come and win out here. It's remarkable and he is some kind of player. That 62 is one of the best rounds I've seen in a long, long time.

“He's got the game of a veteran. This guy has got all the shots. He's a class act and fun to be around — you can't help but pull for him.”

Mickelson got one thing wrong, though, when he said that McIlroy had won in “all other places in the world”.

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In fact, the youngster's only previous professional victory was in Dubai in February last year — and he very nearly threw away a massive lead there.

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