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Mickelson plays Masters practice round with Condoleezza Rice

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Sunday was only a practice round at the Masters, but three-time champion Phil Mickelson got plenty of attention as he played his round at the Augusta National Golf Club with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Rice made history when she and South Carolina financier Darla Moore were the first women invited to join Augusta last August.

Rice was one of the members who teed it up with this year's Masters participants on Sunday. She slipped away afterward without talking to reporters, saying only that she had a good time, according to Members typically do not give interviews, according to the Miami Herald.

But Mickelson had plenty to say.

"She's one of my favorite people. She's got the greatest personality and attitude, and she's so much fun to be around," Mickelson told reporters after the round. "She's so knowledgeable about world affairs. It's just incredible. It's a great experience.

" ... As soon as I saw she was a member, I called her to work up a game, just like I did Arnold (Palmer) back in the day as an amateur. She's just one of my favorite people to be around."

Rice and Mickelson warmed up next to each other on the range, according to multiple reports, and walked to the first tee together.

"She kept asking about the course, and I kept asking her about countries," Mickelson said. "It was really fun. And she really can putt. She's a phenomenal putter."

Rice's final putt of the day was a 40-footer on the 18th hole for a par. With her 17 handicap, it was a net birdie.

Afterward, Rice donned a green jacket and mingled with players. She hugged Tiger Woods.

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