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2011

Lefty's putting derails chances

The traditional Sunday roars echoed through the pines at Augusta National Golf Club -- perhaps at an unprecedented rate -- for the final round at the Masters Tournament. In a break from tradition, few were for Phil Mickelson. The three-time Masters winner typically lurks near the top of the Sunday leaderboard, but he posted a quiet 2-over-par 74, however, to finish tied for 27th at 1-under.

Mickelson is not conceding

Phil Mickelson isn't one for concession speeches, and he wasn't ready to concede this Masters Tournament after signing his scorecard Saturday. The defending champion didn't do himself any favors Saturday, but few players in the field have put together long strings of birdies the way Mickelson has in the past -- and he'll aim for one of those hot streaks in today's final round.

A healthier Amy follows Phil again

After his birdie putt on No. 15 found the bottom of the cup, Sophia Mickelson and Jennifer Mackay started their birdie dance. There simply weren't enough birdie dances in a day to vault Mickelson back into the thick of his Masters Tournament defense, but just the presence of his family walking among the pines was welcome.

Mickelson needs big charge

Phil Mickelson walked off the 18th green at Augusta National Golf Club on Friday with the confidence and swagger of a man ready to win his fourth green jacket. The fact that he was eight strokes behind leader Rory McIlroy at the time and tied for 20th after a mediocre round of even-par 72 with four birdies and four bogeys didn't seem to phase him.

Lefty's accuracy lacking

Phil Mickelson walked off the 18th hole at Augusta National Golf Club on Thursday and headed straight to the driving range. He had just made his only bogey of the day, giving him a 2-under-par 70. The three-time and defending Masters Tournament champion finished his first round five shots off the lead.

Woods practices quietly; fans fawn over Mickelson

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson did plenty of talking Tuesday. They spent Wednesday walking. After making appearances in front of a microphone earlier in the week, the two Masters champions hit the course Wednesday, playing in front of patrons at Augusta National Golf Club for the first time this week.

Mickelson steals Tiger's Augusta crown

There's been a changing of the guard at Augusta National Golf Club, but it's not what everyone thinks. With all eyes on a host of young players poised to supplant Tiger Woods as the next generation of green-jacketed superstar, an older gent has usurped the throne as Augusta's reigning untouchable. This is Phil Mickelson's tournament now. Check the betting line if you doubt that.

Mickelson and Woods make final preparations

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson did plenty of talking Tuesday. They spent their Wednesday's doing more of the walking.

An Interview With: Phil Mickelson

Mickelson taking it easy

Phil Mickelson is nothing if not a strategist. He's always thinking ahead of terms of what will serve him best in competition and Tuesday was another example.

Jacket seen as Lefty's to lose

It's all about Phil. That would be defending champion Phil Mickelson, the hottest player on the planet and the favorite to win his fourth green jacket in this week's 75th Masters Tournament.

Mickelson wins Masters tuneup in Houston

HUMBLE, Texas --- Phil Mickelson, the defending champion at the Masters Tournament, outdueled Scott Verplank on Sunday to win the Houston Open by three shots, his first victory since earning his third green jacket last April.

Mickelson wins at Houston

HUMBLE, Texas - Phil Mickelson outdueled Scott Verplank today to win the Houston Open, his first victory since last year's Masters Tournament.

The bold shot on 13 just Phil being Phil

The defining shot of the 2010 Masters Tournament was classic Phil Mickelson -- a risk ultimately yielding reward in the form of a third green jacket. His blast from the pines on the 13th hole Sunday also brought perhaps the defining statement of Mickelson's career.

Bones and Lefty 'a perfect match'

If the strength of a relationship is measured by its darkest moments, Phil Mickelson and Jim "Bones" Mackay's friendship was built to last. The man everyone calls Bones is as much a friend as he is an employee for Mickelson. For almost 19 years, theirs has been a masterful partnership.

Mickelson's 3rd win proves it's more than golf

In the midst of the family's toughest time, Phil Mickelson's 2010 Masters triumph provided a brief moment to exhale. The 11 months before were all about coping with cancer. The seven months after it, arthritis provided a new obstacle. For one moment in the middle, however, the Masters intervened.

Bravado at 13 sparks Mickelson

Not many Masters Tournament champions refer to third-round shots as the key to their victory. Phil Mickelson, who seldom does things the conventional way, will think back on a three-hole, third-round run as the spark that ignited his 2010 victory.

Arthritis took its toll on Mickelson

Phil Mickelson turned 40 the day before the 2010 U.S. Open. With another green jacket in hand and his game in command, he was looking forward to erasing his most glaring career blemish. The sudden onset of psoriatic arthritis in the weeks before the championship robbed him of his chance.

Mickelson, caddie share special bond

Think you know everything about Masters champion Phil Mickelson and his caddie, Jim "Bones" Mackay?

Mickelson sorry Ballesteros can't make Champions Dinner

The Masters Tournament winners assembled for the annual Champions Dinner can breathe both a sigh of relief and a groan of disappointment over Phil Mickelson's menu selection.
2010

Masters victory bodes well for Lefty in majors

The U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, the next leg of a Grand Slam that only Phil Mickelson can win this year, brings back mixed memories. In his professional debut there in 1992, Mickelson opened with 68 and was only two shots out of the lead.

Three cheers

Phil Mickelson had plenty of thrills left in his game after all. The chill bumps came later during an embrace with his wife, Amy, who is battling breast cancer and made a rare appearance to watch her husband win the 74th Masters Tournament and his third green jacket.

During final round, golfer shows skill as escape artist

Phil Mickelson finished one shot off the lead in the Masters Tournament in the third round with a series of sensational and improbable shots.

Family, patrons help keep Lefty laid-back

Phil Mickelson has been a different kind of relaxed this week at the Masters Tournament. He's taken his youngest daughter to coffee shops to play chess and stayed up past midnight watching movies with his family.

No words were needed to convey meaning of win

They'll name a bridge for this one.

Westwood will keep firing until he bags that elusive major

If anyone was suited to offer words of encouragement to Lee Westwood on Sunday after he lost the final-round lead at the Masters, it was the man who usurped him, Phil Mickelson.

Mickelson wins Masters and gets long embrace

Even sweeter than Phil Mickelson slipping into another green jacket was seeing his wife waiting for him behind the 18th green Sunday at Augusta National with tears streaming down her face.

Mickelson is spurred by rare eagle combo

He had played a 510-yard par-5 as though it were half that distance, holed out from 141 yards on the following hole and become the third player in a tournament dating to 1934 to make back-to-back eagles.

Phil Mickelson interview transcript

Phil Mickelson spoke to the media after winning his third green jacket.

Mickelson likes his position

There's nothing like being in contention on the weekend at Augusta National Golf Club, Phil Mickelson said. That's right where the two-time Masters Tournament winner finds himself today.

Phil Mickelson interview transcript

Phil Mickelson shot five under par for the third round, and spoke to the media about the day.

Westwood takes lead into Sunday

Lee Westwood heard the ground-shaking roars for just about everyone but him on a Saturday that sounded an awful lot like Sunday at the Masters.

No one in golf works a crowd better than Lefty

In the span of six swings and a thousand or so yards Saturday, Mickelson turned this Masters on its head.

Mickelson gets game together

Phil Mickelson picked a good time to straighten out his struggles.

Mickelson won't need perfect play

Phil Mickelson has been far from perfect this season.

Phil Mickelson press conference transcript

Phil Mickelson spoke to the press Tuesday afternoon at Augusta National.

Mickelson hasn't felt his game 'click' this year

Phil Mickelson isn't one to dwell on past performance as prelude for what's next. Erasing him from the list of Masters Tournament favorites because he hasn't won entering April isn't necessarily prudent.
2009

Playing catch the leader

Where Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson went, the gallery followed.

National again a roaring soundstage

Yawns had taken the place of roars the past two years. On Sunday, the Masters Tournament brought its old excitement back.

Lefty's caddie relishes thrills

Jim "Bones" Mackay has carried the bag in three major victories, but Sunday's experience shined even in a gallant losing effort by his employer, Phil Mickelson.

Mickelson, Woods put on pretty good show

Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods put on a pretty good show for much of Sunday's final round at the Masters.

Mickelson on a roll until he gets to Rae's Creek

Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods brought back the roars on a Sunday at Augusta National.

Back 9 fireworks in forecast at Augusta National

Phil Mickelson got off the first pump of his enticing head-to-head duel with Tiger Woods, surging into contention in the final round of the Masters.

Back-nine run keeps Mickelson in Augusta

Masters Tournament patrons witnessed the complete Phil Mickelson on Friday.

Media picks

Here are the writers' picks.

Mickelson guides amateur's round

Playing alongside an amateur making his Masters Tournament debut can make one think about his first time at Augusta National Golf Club.

Tiger and Phil on a collision course at Masters

He was on the practice range at first light, only his coach and caddie at his side. Then it was off to the putting green, where he kept pressing an Augusta National official for permission to start his practice round before the course was open.

Mickelson's game is coming around

Phil Mickelson has used two drivers to win a Masters and zero drivers to lose a U.S. Open. This year he'll opt for one driver with a grip-it-and-rip-it strategy.
2008

Mickelson in prime position

Michaux: Don't count out Mickelson yet

Contrary to popular belief, Tiger Woods hasn't already won the 2008 Masters Tournament.

Patron policy pleases Phil

When Augusta National Golf Club begins its new initiative Thursday to allow some youngsters to attend tournament rounds free, no one will be more pleased than Phil Mickelson.

Lefty brings new swing, plans to 'pull a Palmer'

It was just a casual exchange, but it made Phil Mickelson look up from the row of autograph seekers at Doral Golf Resort & Spa.
2007

Mickelson still feels comeback is possible

Watching Phil Mickelson labor at this Masters Tournament tells a story.

Lefty is forced to rally again

Doubt began to enter Phil Mickelson's mind as he rifled through the undergrowth along the 11th fairway, searching for another one of his wayward tee shots.

Mickelson, Goosen show signs of a rally

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Two of the world's best golfers showed hints of weekend rallies early in third round of the Masters Tournament.

Erratic Mickelson shows his resiliency

Phil Mickelson usually does his best to avoid moments like the one that confronted him seven holes into Thursday's opening round of the Masters Tournament.

Mickelson brings double drivers back

The double-driver strategy will be back in play for Phil Mickelson at the Masters Tournament.

Interview: Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson spoke with reporters Monday at Augusta National Golf Club on the subject of defending his Masters title. The following transcript of his remarks was provided by Augusta National.

The dominating duo

It's become a common sight at the Masters Tournament.

Masters notebook

Phil Mickelson has done a lot of things in his career at Augusta National Golf Club, but Sunday marked the first time he's carded a hole-in-one - and still lost money.

Up and Down: Which Phil Mickelson will show up this week?

Let's review some of the highlights of the 2006 Phil Mickelson calendar.

Ex-NFL lineman calls Mickelson 'angel'

The whispers about Phil Mickelson are hard to believe.

Pride before the fall: Mickelson strolls to a third major victory

Nothing seemed to come easy for Phil Mickelson in major championships. He didn't win one in his first 46 starts, then needed to birdie the 72nd hole to win both his first (the 2004 Masters Tournament) and his second (the 2005 PGA Championship).

Mickelson discusses upcoming Masters

Phil Mickelson, the 2004 and 2006 Masters Tournament champion, spoke with reporters Wednesday about the upcoming tournament. Here is the full transcript:
2006

Double down

The man who couldn't win major championships is stockpiling them quicker than anyone else in the game.

Mickelson makes it look easy at the Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Phil Mickelson is a Masters champion again, and now he's making it look easy.

Mickelson earns place among elite

Augusta green will enhance any golfer's complexion. It already had for Phil Mickelson.

Parade of champions can't keep up with Mickelson

AUGUSTA, Ga. - There were so many green jackets chasing Phil Mickelson for a time on the back nine at the Masters that the leaderboard looked more like the champions locker room.

A Winning Philosophy

Jack Nicklaus' 1986 Masters Tournament victory spawned the sale of oversized putters.

Phil's two drivers means a double whammy for the rest of us

AUGUSTA, Ga. - All those suckers who took out a second mortgage to buy one of those big-as-cabbage-headed drivers are about to get socked by a double whammy.

In the bag: Phil Mickelson

No two golfers carry the same clubs, and the rules allow a maximum of 14. This is what Phil Mickelson carried to win his second Masters tournament in three years.

Delayed 3rd still is time to move

Phil Mickelson spent his Sunday morning moving into his favorite spot of late: the lead of a professional golf tournament.

Mickelson wins his second Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Phil Mickelson joked recently how he longed to walk up the 18th fairway in the final round of a major championship knowing he was going to win.

Mickelson enters final round on top

Phil Mickelson spent his Sunday morning moving into his favorite spot of late.

Mickelson takes third round lead

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Phil Mickelson broke through at the Masters two years ago by winning his first green jacket. Now, he's playing as if he wants another one.

Mickelson gains a stroke on par before dark

Phil Mickelson didn't make a single par Saturday to start his third round of the Masters Tournament.

Mickelson closing in on green jacket

Phil Mickelson leads by three shots with four holes to play in the 70th Masters Tournament, closing in on his second green jacket.

Mickelson might start an ugly trend in golf

If Phil Mickelson doesn't watch out, he just might set golf back 30 years.

Mickelson has no complaints with start

It wasn't quite the magic he performed last week at the BellSouth Classic, but Phil Mickelson wasn't complaining about his 2-under-par 70 in Thursday's first round at the Masters Tournament.

How the writers pick 'em

Doug Ferguson, Associated Press: Tim Herron. Because this Masters is all about size.

Mickelson rolls into Masters confidently

Phil Mickelson gets few working Saturdays where he can sleep in or watch the morning cartoons with his kids.

Mickelson to carry extra driver at Augusta

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- All eyes will be on Phil Mickelson's bag this week. Mickelson will carry two drivers, one to play draws and the other to hit cut shots, as he attempts to win his second Masters tournament at Augusta National Golf Club.

Mickelson brings 2 drivers

Phil Mickelson will get some help off the tee this week from his friends DRAW and FADE.

BellSouth victory boosts Mickelson's confidence

DULUTH, Ga. - Pencil in Phil Mickelson for a top-10 finish at the Masters Tournament this week.

Mickelson has eye on 3rd major

There are a couple of ways you can analyze Phil Mickelson's 2005 PGA Championship victory.
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