It wasn't that long ago that Phil Mickelson was described as the best player never to have won a major. How things change in short order. With a second win at Augusta, Lefty now has three major victories.
He finished up round 3 Sunday morning with a one shot lead. Despite several golfers drawing even during the final round, it was Mickelson who was the real closer, and he never faltered. Just the opposite: he hit the gas pedal. A birdie on 13 and a birdie on 15 gave him a lead that was pretty much insurmountable.
"I don't know if there was a turning point," Mickelson says. "I know when I made the putt on 15, I felt victory was at hand. With those three holes it's never a sure thing and I wanted to make sure I played them well, but when I made birdie on 15 I really felt it was mine to control."
All told, Mickelson shot a final round 70 with his only bogey on 18 after the victory was academic. With a green jacket already hanging in his locker, this time around felt a little different.
"In 2004 when I won, I felt this great feeling of relief, that I could do it, that I could finally come through and win the tournament I dreamed about and win one of the majors. This time it's a great feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment to be able to beat such a great field," Mickelson says.
Mick is now the 16th player in Masters history to win the tournament at least twice.