Phil Mickelson US Masters Golfers

American golfer, Phil Mickelson, is looking to add another US Masters title to the two he has claimed to date. In 2004 Mickelson took the US Masters one stroke ahead of favourite, South African Ernie Els, then repeated his win at the 2006 Masters. He also came good back in the 2005 PGA Championship where he finished at 4-under-par (276), one shot ahead of Steve Elkington and Thomas Bjorn.
Before his wins at the Major tournaments Mickelson was severely criticised by both fans and commentators alike for his high profile transgressions on the fairways. He had a propensity to play very high-risk shots when the conditions didn’t quite demand an aggressive approach. A defiant Mickelson unleashed a self-defensive blast in 2002 explaining that playing the game his way was more important than winning any trophy, cashing any cheque or forging any compromise with someone else’s idea of greatness.
After a very ordinary 2003 he must have had a change of heart. He has curbed his natural aggression on the course and the results speak for themselves. For a man whose career had been stunted by miscalculated gambles, his final-nine 31 at Augusta National in 2004 proved that he is maturing as a golfer.
However, at the 2006 US Open at Winged Foot, Mickelson decided to force the issue with bold play, even though the conditions did not demand any stupid risks.
He finished second to Australian, Geoff Ogilvy, after one of the most memorable final hole collapses in major championship golf. Leading by a stroke, Mickelson chose to hit a driver on the final hole, although he had been battling to find the fairway the whole day.
His shot went well left, bounced off a hospitality tent and settled on trampled grass enclosed by trees. Instead of playing it safe and pitching out onto the fairway he tried to reach the green with his second shot. A mistake that not only cost him the match, but the chance of a playoff as well!
Mickelson has bagged two Green Jackets, but it all depends on which Phil Mickelson arrives at the US Masters this year. If he gets a rush of blood to his head, it’s unlikely that he will overcome the likes of Woods, Furyk, Els and Goosen, if the more mature Mickelson arrives on the day, then hold onto your socks, it should be a good one!
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