Monday, April 10, 2006

Masters Recap

Yesterday Phil Mickelson won his third major championship and second Masters title with a two-shot victory over Tim Clark. Mickelson broke clear of a leaderboard that featured major champions Fred Couples, Tiger Woods, Retief Goosen, Jose Maria Olazabal to name a few. Mickelson kept pace with birdies on the seventh and eighth holes and secured this title with birdies on the thirteenth and fifteenth holes.

"It was a really fun day and I had an incredible time playing the final 18 holes," a smiling Mickelson said.

"It's been a long day but a wonderful day and I will cherish that final round".

"The stress-free walk up 18 was incredible. It was a great feeling knowing that I had the tournament in hand".

Hats off to Lefty for the win. I was rooting for Fred Couples. Why? He's been a favorite of mine since he won his first PGA Tour event, the 1983 Kemper Open at Congressional Country Club. Couples won that in a five man playoff and he nearly came close to becoming the oldest Masters winner of all time yesterday.

"I don't feel like I'm 46; I didn't hit the ball like I was 46, but I putted like I was 66," a disappointed Couples said after finishing tied for third, three shots behind Mickelson.

"I'm beating myself up now. From tee to green, I was even with him (Mickelson) or maybe a little better, but you still got to make those 4-8 footers. They're not gimmies."

Couples, the 1992 Masters Champion, said he was already looking forward to 2007.

"This is my favorite golf course in the world and my favorite tournament. I put a lot of energy into this week, so it takes a lot out of me."

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