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Quotes of the Week: Phil Mickelson on Third Round Surge at Masters, Roy Halladay on Phillies Win, and Mitt Romney Prodds Rick Santorum to Quit Race

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The Omelette Sunday April 8, 2012 Quotes of the Week

Phil Mickelson on His Play at the 2012 Masters

Phil Mickelson is in top form during the 2012 Masters as he looks to capture his 5th major victory. Mickelson had this to say after his third round performance, where he shot a 66 and put himself one shot behind the leader Peter Hanson.

"I just want to be in position," he said. "Because there's nothing more exciting than being in the final group on Sunday at the Masters because you have a chance, and that's what we all want is that opportunity. Sometimes it works out and that's great, and sometimes it doesn't, but you still had that opportunity, and that's what we play and practice for."

When asked about his third round surge, Mickelson said "It was so much fun," he said. "It was important to birdie 11 or 12 (it was 12), get 1 or 2 under before 13, but that eagle on 13 reminded me of Saturday in 2010 when I eagled to that pin position, also. It was a tough one to get to, and I took, again, a little bit of risk to get it along the left side of that green."

Mickelson has three Masters victories under his belt. From the sounds of it, he's poised to capture a 4th one today. Many on the tour would agree that the Masters is Phil Mickelson's favorite tournament. Mickelson currently stands at 8-under, while Hanson is at 9-under on the leaderboard.

Roy Halladay Speaks About the Phillies' Season-Opening 1-0 Shutout of the Pirates

Phillies ace Roy Halladay was sensational in the Phillies' season-opener at Pittsburgh on Thursday. Hopefully this puts to rest fears of Halladay's declining velocity in spring training.

Roy Halladay shut down the Pirates for eight innings and allowed zero runs, while surrendering just 2 hits. Halladay had this to say about the Phillies' 1-0 victory.

"It was a good game for us. It went the way we wanted and Papelbon came in and got his feet wet and got that out of the way. All in all I think it was a good way to do it."

Mitt Romney Asks For Rick Santorum to Quit the GOP Race

Mitt Romney is on fire after winning all three primaries earlier this week - with wins in Wisconsin, Maryland, and Washington D.C. The superdelegates are all but certain he's a sure bet to win the GOP nomination. Now Romney is prodding rival Rick Santorum to quit the race so they can focus on the November election.

Romney said, "The right thing for us, I think, is to get a nominee as soon as we can and be able to focus on Barack Obama," Romney said in an interview with Fox News. "You have to remember that it was Ross Perot that allowed Bill Clinton to win" - referencing Perot's decision to run as an independent in 1992.

Rick Santorum insists he will stay in the race until the Pennsylvania primary, which takes place on April 24th. Santorum was a Senator in PA for 16 years before losing the election in 2006. Romney has been gaining momentum by focusing on economic issues while Santorum has focused on his social agenda.

Contact Dennis Bakay at dbakay@philly2philly.com

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