Entering the 2010 Masters, Phil Mickelson had endured a rough year in his personal life his wife Amy and mother Mary were each battling Breast Cancer for the past year. Mickelson had skipped many events in the past year to be by his families side but he decided to play at Augusta and inspired a country.
2010 (Phil Mickelson)
Phil Mickelson entered the Final Round of the 2010 Masters, one shot behind Lee Westwood, looking for his 3rd Masters win. KJ Choi and Tiger Woods were three shots behind Mickelson and four behind Westwood and neither ever threatened. Westwood bogeyed the 1st hole to fall back into a tie with Mickelson but got the lead right back on the next hole with a birdie. Mickelson had a birdie putt to tie but part of a tree root fell in his path to affect his ball. Both parred the 3rd, but Westwood made another bogey at the 4th. But once again got it right back on the next hole to reassume his lead, both parred 6 and 7 and went to the 8th hole with Westwood up one. On the 8th Mickelson made his first birdie of the day and tied Westwood the lead once again.
On the 9th Westwood made another bogey and Mickelson made the turn one ahead. On the 10th hole after a poor tee shot and poor 2nd shot, Mickelson uses a great chip shot to save Par. Both parred 11 then went to the famous 12th where Mickelson made a birdie 6 years prior the fueled him to his 1st win. Six years to the day he did it again and was ahead by two shots. Well, ahead of the leaders the round of the week was turned in by Anthony Kim who started the day seven back and shots 65 highlighted by an Eagle at 15 and finished 3rd. Back on 13 the seminal moment of the round takes place, Mickelson pulls his tee shot into the right woods, Westwood finds the fairway and is in good shape. Everybody watching thought Mickelson would do the safe thing and layup playing off the pine straw with Rae’s Creek in front of the green, but the CBS microphones caught Mickelson asking his caddy Jim McKay asking how far past the hole for it to carry back he was going for the green.
Everybody couldn’t watch he made a daring swing we saw the ball flying and all of sudden it landed right by the hole and he two-putted for Birdie. Westwood made birdie but was stunned by Mickelson play on the hole. Mickelson made birdie on 15 and was ahead by three, a Westwood made a birdie at 17 and was within two on 18, but a brilliant 2nd shot on 18 locked it up for Mickelson and he made the birdie to clinch the three-shot win, he walked off the green with tears in his eyes into the arms of his wife. A moment we’ll never forget.