Better Phil Mickelson Performance: 2004 Masters vs. 2010 Masters? | The Tylt
Better Phil Mickelson Performance: 2004 Masters vs. 2010 Masters?
The first one is always the sweetest. After a couple close-but-no-cigar finishes for the first 12 years of his golfing career, Mickelson earned the dubious distinction of being the best player never to win a major title. It was looking like that moniker was going to stick with him in his 13th year on the PGA Tour when he found himself three strokes back with six holes to go. However, Lefty got things rolling with an impressive tee shot and birdie at the 12th hole to get momentum on his side. He roared back to head into the last hole tied for the lead. Mickelson then sunk an 18-foot birdie to secure his first major championship, and check one big box off his list in dramatic fashion.
Like many sports, winning doesn't mean much unless you can share it with the ones you love. Mickelson's wife and mother were dealing with cancer bouts at the time he teed off at the 2010 Masters. Mickelson found himself five shots behind the leader, Lee Westwood, in the third round before going eagle, eagle, birdie at the 13, 14 and 15th holes to capture the lead. He and Westwood would battle it out in the final round. They were neck and neck, but an impossible 2nd shot at the 13th hole par 5 catapulted him to his third Masters title. Surrounded by his family, Mickelson celebrated an emotional victory – a win they all needed.