Mickelson wins third Masters title|
Augusta, GA (Sports Network) - Phil Mickelson fired a five-under 67 on Sunday
to come from behind and win his third Masters title.
Mickelson finished at 16-under 272 and won by three strokes over third-round
leader Lee Westwood (71).
This was Mickelson's fourth major title and first since his victory at Augusta
National in 2006. He won the Masters in 2004 and the PGA Championship in 2005.
Mickelson hit some amazing shots on the back nine and did so in true Mickelson
He sprayed his driver all over Augusta National on Sunday, but recovered with
some remarkable shots, especially at both back-nine par fives, to don the
green jacket once again.
"This has been a special day," said Mickelson. "It's something I'll always
Anthony Kim fired a seven-under 65 to vault into third place at 12-under 276.
Tiger Woods' return to golf was fairly successful. He shot a three-under 69 on
Sunday and tied for fourth place with K.J. Choi, who also had a 69, at
Woods was playing for the first time in five months, sidetracked by a sex
scandal that broke out last fall. Despite the long absence and his strong
finish, Woods, a four-time Masters champion, wasn't all smiles.
"I entered this event and I only enter events to win and I didn't get it
done," said Woods. "I didn't hit the ball good enough and I made too many
mistakes around the greens, consequently I'm not there."
Woods did put his name in the Masters record book once again. He made two
eagles on Sunday, one with a hole-out from the fairway at seven and the other
traditionally with a putt at the par-five 15th. It gave him a total of four
eagles for the championship, tying the Masters record for one tournament.
Fifty-year-old Fred Couples posted a two-under 70 on Sunday and took sixth
place at nine-under 279.
But this Sunday at Augusta belonged not just to Mickelson, but to his family
Last year, Mickelson's wife Amy was diagnosed with breast cancer. Not long
after, his mother Mary was also diagnosed with breast cancer and this week was
the first time since last year's Players Championship, that the Mickelson
family traveled with Phil.
After he made a seven-footer for birdie at the last to punctuate the victory,
Mickelson walked off the green, and with tears in his eyes, embraced his
"She's an incredible wife and an incredible mother," Mickelson said at the
green jacket ceremony. "She's been an inspiration for me this year. I'm so
glad she and my three kids are here.
"To cap it off with this victory, I can't put it into words, but it's
something we'll share and remember the rest of our lives."
Mickelson's third green jacket tied him with Sam Snead, Gary Player, Nick
Faldo and Jimmy Demaret. Only Jack Nicklaus (six) and Arnold Palmer and Woods
(four) have more.
Despite a three-stroke margin of victory, this wasn't an easy championship for
Mickelson to win.
He was only one-under par through the first 11 holes of the final round and it
was a strange score. At the second hole, Mickelson had eight feet for birdie,
but just as the ball left his putter, something fell out of the sky.
Mickelson's ball hit what looked like a leaf and didn't get to the hole.
It seemed like a bad omen, but a birdie at the par-five eighth got him into a
tie for the lead. After a Westwood bogey at nine, Mickelson was knotted with
Choi at 12-under when he went to the 12th tee.
Last year, Mickelson's amazing comeback was crushed when he dunked one in the
water. Twelve months later, Mickelson hit a nine-iron to 15 feet, which was
the same spot he hit it en route to victory in 2004. Just as six years ago,
Mickelson sank the birdie putt to move one clear of Westwood.
"I knew that putt," said Mickelson, who collected his 38th PGA Tour win.
Mickelson hit an errant drive into the pine straw at the par-five 13th. He was
behind two trees, but hit his second through the them and to four feet.
Mickelson actually missed the eagle try, but converted his birdie putt to move
to 14-under and two clear of Westwood and the surging Kim.
Mickelson hit a good drive at 15 and knocked his second to 15 feet. He missed
the eagle effort, but tapped in for birdie and was three ahead with three to
Westwood made it interesting with a birdie at 17, but Mickelson hit a
beautiful approach to seven feet at the last. He ran home the birdie for the
"There were a lot of fireworks going on ahead of us, and when we get to the
birdie holes we had to do something," said Mickelson. "I needed to make
Now Mickelson will be in position for the single-season Grand Slam heading to
the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He has won the PGA Tour's yearly stop there
For Westwood, this was another strong finish at a major, although the first
one still eludes the Englishman. He tied for third at last year's British Open
and PGA Championship and finished third the year before at the U.S. Open.
"I think I just need to keep doing what I'm doing," said Westwood. "One of
these days the door is going to open for me. I keep knocking."
Nick Watney fired a seven-under 65 on Sunday and took seventh at eight-under
280. Reigning PGA Champion Y.E. Yang (70) and Hunter Mahan (71) shared eighth
Second-round co-leader Ian Poulter and Ricky Barnes both had 73s on Sunday and
tied for 10th at five-under 283.
Sixty-year-old Tom Watson, who nearly won last year's British Open, finished
with a one-over 73 on Sunday, but broke par for the week. He came in at one-
NOTES: Defending champion Angel Cabrera shot a one-under 71 and tied for 18th
at one-under par...The top 16 players and ties get invited back next year and
Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jerry Kelly, Ryan Moore, David Toms and Steve Marino
finished inside the number...Trevor Immelman did as well, but as past champion
will be invited back no matter what.