Phil Mickelson Wins The Masters

April 11th, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

Driving the ball into the trees, slicing through the tall Georgia Pines, and pulling off some of the most miraculous shots he ever has, Phil Mickelson navigated his way to his third career green jacket, winning the Masters by three shots.

This one perhaps meant the most to Mickelson, given what he and his family have endured over the last several months, with his wife Amy Mickelson undergoing treatments for breast cancer.  The 2010 Masters marked the first time that his family traveled with him to a tournament, and Mickelson took it to another level.

He ended the tournament with a birdie on the 72nd hole for a three-shot win over Lee Westwood, finishing at a total of 16-under par.

“To win this tournament, it’s the most amazing feeling,” Mickelson remarked after his round. “This has been a special day. I’ll look back on this day as very memorable, something I’ll always cherish.”

On the other side of the equation, it was another Major disappointment for Westwood, who comes up just short yet again.  Westwood tabbed two third place finishes at the PGA Championship and British Open last season, and now can add a second place finish in the Masters.

“Phil, being the champ he is, just hit some great shots down the stretch,” Westwood said after the round. “He’s been through hard times recently. He deserves a break or two.”

Anthony Kim made a late charge on the back-nine, and shot a 7-under 65 to post a 12-under total and set the mark for which Mickelson and Westwood needed to beat.

Tiger Woods came to Augusta National after 144-day absence from the game following a sex scandal revealing acts of infidelity on the part of the top-ranked golfer.

Woods made several bogeys early, hitting loose shots both off the tee and from the fairway.  On the seventh hole, Woods got two shots back after holing out from the fairway.  That spearheaded a string of three holes that he played in 4-under.  However, he was not able to get anything going on the back-nine, but did close with a bride on No. 18.

“That’s not what I wanted,” said Woods in a post-round interview. “I wanted to win this tournament. As the week went along, I kept hitting the ball worse. It was not very good.”

“I only enter events to win,” Woods added. “I didn’t hit the ball good enough and made too many mistakes around the green. As a result, I’m not there.”

The day belonged to Mickelson and his family however, which the lefty addressed following his emotional victory.

“We’ve been through a lot this year. It means a lot to share some joy together,” Mickelson said in front of the Augusta patrons. “It’s been such an incredible week, an emotional week. And to cap it off with a victory is something I can’t put into words.

“It’s something we’ll share for the rest of our lives.”

Entering the final round, Mickelson was the betting favorite to win the 2010 Masters, with Westwood and Woods following.

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