Sunday, April 11, 2010

2010 Masters - It's Phil!

I confess I've never been much of a Mickelson fan. Nothing personal, it's just you're either a Woods or a Phil fan. I was in the Woods camp.Today at the final round of the 2010 Masters the balance shifted. Phil captured his 3rd green jacket with a phenomenal display of bogey free, pressure golf on one of the sport's biggest stages. His 67 was the 2nd best round of the day and landed him at -16 for the tourney. Phil and his family have endured tremendous personal strife in the last year with the breast cancer battles waged by his mother and wife Amy. The couple's embrace on the 18th hole today was touching and poignant. The contrast between this and Tiger Woods' recent troubles was startling. Mickelson put his competition away with a 12th hole birdie and a "had to see to believe" 2nd shot on the par five 13th. Out of the pine straw, around a tree from 200 yards, to three feet, nothing but net. His closest pursuers at that point, Lee Westwood and KJ Choi, must have felt like they were pushing against an immovable force of nature and fate.

Westwood finished alone in second with a lackluster 71, -13.  Anthony Kim's 65 vaulted him to solo 3rd. He was the clubhouse leader -12 until the final group finished. KJ Choi was in the thing until bogies on 13 and 14, doubled by Mickelson's birdies on 12 and 13, turned him into also-ran status. Tiger Woods, as he did all week, mirrored Choi's efforts and putted out at -11, tied with Choi. Woods' tee woes continued. For the life of me I'll never understand why he wouldn't at least consider hitting 3 woods off the tees. He's nearly as long with a 3 wood as most players are with their drivers. Fred Couples ended at -9, leaving us to wonder what he might have accomplished with a healthy back. Still, a stellar performance from the 50 year old who proved he can still air it out with the flat bellies. Ageless Tom Watson carded a 73 today, good enough for 18th place and -1 for the event. Final Full Field Scores.

When all is said and done the 2010 Masters was a riveting tournament with twists and lead changes galore. A cross-section of the contenders was varied in age, nationality, and personas.  The weather cooperated and the course was in superb shape. Kudos to tournament officials who adjusted the set up and made the event tough, but fair. I must say this year's Masters renewed my interest.

Congratulations Phil, nice victory, worthy champion.


  1. I was never a big Phil fan until yesterday too.
    Class act as compared to the "new/old" Tiger.

  2. Tiger has always been a jerk on the course and Phil has always been classy. I don't know if Phil is bad off the course but at least on the course he has the right attitude.

  3. I'm a Phil gal. Glad to see there is no Phil-hating going on here. I simply don't get it.

    He is such a blast to watch. His shots are insane & brilliant at the same time.

    LOVED every minute of the Masters this year!

  4. Both Anons,

    Right now Bill Clinton is a "class act" compared to Woods. After watching Woods' post-round interview it seemed obvious that he's got a long way to go to revamp his persona, if he does at all. Even we know our best golf doesn't come we're stressed or agitated. Woods sounded stressed to the max.

    My opinion of Phil is warming even though he'll never be a personal favorite. His "home" is obviously in order despite very trying circumstances.

  5. Heather,

    Never a Phil hater, just not at the top of my list. I was really pulling for Stricker. He bombed.

    Was great theater and glad I watched.

  6. One of the best Masters in quite some time, AG.

  7. Phil is the best left handed golfer in the world!

  8. And what about 'that' shot!

  9. Phil is one of the best golfers of the world....I am a big fan of Phil

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