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A Lefty-Ernie rematch 30 years in the making
Talk about a rematch 30 years in the making.
On Sunday, Phil Mickelson was paired with Ernie Els during the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston. This is a familiar pairing for those who have followed either Mickelson or Els for a while now.
In 1984, Els edged Mickelson for the World Junior Golf Championship title at Torrey Pines. Want proof? Here's a photo of the two:
— KPMG Mickelson (@MickelsonHat) August 31, 2014
It's clear in that photo who the winner is, and not just because of the different sizes of the trophies. Mickelson is making a perfect Eli Manning face, and nobody does a Manning face after a victory.
With slightly different stakes on Sunday, it was Mickelson who got the better of Els by one stroke. Mickelson finished his round at 1-over, and sits at 2-over for the tournament, with Els one stroke back in each category.
I can't help but be a little bit disappointed, though. Sunday would have been the perfect time to recreate that photo. Here's to hoping they get paired up again soon.
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