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Furyk may do a Mickelson and use two drivers to win Masters

| 12.04.2013

Phil Mickelson is regularly the player on tour that make some bold decisions when it comes to picking the clubs in his golf bag, usually in terms of selecting up to four wedges to suit different situations.

What people may forget though is that Mickelson was proved right to go with two drivers at the Masters when successful in 2006 and this is a strategy that Jim Furyk is considering copying this year.

Furyk went with the two-driver strategy for the opening round of the Valero Texas Open, one which offers a little more loft for position and another that he can hit a few yards further on the longer holes.

This is significant as Furyk has the short game to always be a threat, but he can find it tough on the longer courses.

The driver ploy didn’t reap the rewards it could have in Texas, but Furyk intends to persevere in his practice rounds at Augusta before the Masters, perhaps trialling different shafts in search of more consistent results.

Furyk is still to win the Green Jacket despite arriving at Augusta every year barring one since 1996, with his best result being a pair of fourth-placed finishes 1998 and 2003.

Meanwhile, his only real chance of winning truly came in 1998, when he went into the final round three strokes off the lead.

However, he has been in the top 10 on four occasions and there are worse 66/1 Masters bets this year than Furyk, especially after he gained some momentum by finished third in Texas.

His decision to simply play at the Valero Texas Open offers some type of insight into how seriously he is taking the opening major of the year, as this represents the first time in his career that Furyk has played the final event before the Masters, usually opting for the week off to ensure he is well rested.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.