During a morning of controversy at the Masters surrounding a two-stroke penalty for Tiger Woods triggered by a TV viewer’s phone call, Phil Mickelson shot a Augusta National course record 48 with no cameras there to broadcast it live or gallery to see it in person.

“I was really striking the ball well,” Mickelson said. “We both were.”

The “we” Mickelson referred to was his playing partner Nick Watney, who also shot a mind boggling 51, the second-best record ever recorded at Augusta.

When asked if he was telling the truth, since there were no people or camera crews out on the course, Phil smiling, “Of course I am, you didn’t get any phone calls did you?”

Brian Farrell