The Stat Line of the Night – 4/11/10 – Phil Mickelson
The storyline for Phil Mickelson this weekend at the Masters was the illness his wife and mother are battling. The storyline for the rest of the world following the Masters was Phil Mickelson. He started the final round yesterday trailing the leader Lee Westwood by 1 stroke, but he would finish the day with a 3 stroke lead and a 3rd green jacket.
Phil Mickelson hit some great shots down the stretch. His putting was phenomenal and his mid-range game was as reliable as ever. With Anthony Kim and Tiger Woods teeing off right before him, and chomping at his heels, he stayed poised under pressure. On the 12th he nailed a 15 foot birdie putt and then hit a great shot off the pine straw and around a tree to set up a second straight birdie on the next hole. His final round 67 put him at -16 on the week, good enough for a third green jacket.
While the world came into this tournament with their eyes on Tiger Woods and his return, they left feeling like Mickelson, a fan favorite, was the hero of the weekend. There were plenty of good storylines: Fred Couples, Tom Watson, Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood, and others, but Lefty (as Mickelson is known to his fans) stole the show. And that is why he gets the “Stat Line of the Night”.