It became apparent after back-to-back eagles on Saturday that Phil Mickelson had a mission in mind at this years Masters. On Sunday he answered the call and made 5 birdies and no bogies firing his third 67 out of for rounds on his way to his 3rd green jacket at Augusta National. It was a very emotional Masters for Mickelson who had his family by his side at a PGA event for the first time since his wife Amy began her fight with breast cancer 11 months ago.
This year the dream field on the final day was a who’s who of some of the best golfers in the world with Phil, Westwood, Tiger, Couples, Kim, and Choi all having a chance to reach for the most sought after prize in golf, the green Jacket at Augusta.
Tiger would make 5 birdies and an eagle on his final round but the five bogies he made on the day put him out of contention. Woods finished at 11 under par and was tied for 4th at days end. At times during the final round the lead was held by Westwood, Mickelson, Choi and even Fred Couples was on the cusp at three under on his front 9 but made two bogie and a double on the back to end up at -11 for the day in 6th place.
This was Phil’s show after Back- To- Back eagles on Saturday on 13, and 14 and nearly making another eagle on 15 and settling for the birdie. It is very rare indeed to see any player at the Masters shoot 5 under par on three consecutive golf holes, especially on 13, 14 and 15. Mickelson was indeed on a mission to prove that he is still one of the best players in the world and has sent a message to Tiger to be ready to have competition on his return to the game.
This was one of the very best Masters ever, and what made it so great was the return to golf by Tiger Woods and the fight for the top on the PGA Tour. It was just the first of 4 majors and if this is any indication of things to come it is going to be a great year for golf. Phil Mickelson has sent a message to the Tour that he is in the quest for the top player in the world and has just moved closer to that goal with his 3rd Green Jacket at the Masters.
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