Phil-nominal: Mickelson 2006 Masters Champion

What a sunday at the Masters. First, a big congratulations goes out to Phil Mickelson on an outstanding performance at this years 2006 Masters.

He played, as the title says, “Phil-nominal”, especially in the final round shooting a (-3) 69. Solid!

Many players: Tiger Woods, Fred Couples, Tim Clark, Vijay Singh, Chad Campbell, and Retief Goosen to name a few all had great opportunities to use Sunday as a springboard to jump into the lead. Except they couldn’t pull through. The course changes Augusta has undergone (I still don’t agree with) certainly played a HUGE factor into how the players performed. It also shouldn’t surprise anyone with the big names that were hugging the top of the leader board all week. The top 5 in the world there all weekend, except one separated himself from the field come the back nine on Sunday. Phil Mickelson.

Tiger Woods: His putter was colder than the mountains of mars. He hit the ball excellent (at least in his words), but his putter just simply failed him. He had 2 putts for eagle within 15 feet, neither went in. He had plenty of birdie opportunities throughout Sunday’s round, but most of them failed to go in.

Fred Couples: I was really REALLY hoping to see Freddie sport the green jacket once again (last time was in 1992). With his age, 46 (the same when Jack Nicklaus won his 6th green jacket in 1986) and his final group pairing on Sunday, it would have been incredible to see him win. I have always been a fan of Fred Couples, just like 99.9% of golfers worldwide. However, the putts just didn’t fall for him on Sunday. He hit some great shots, but nothing seemed to materialize. Would the momentum have changed had he made that birdie putt I believe on hole 14? Instead, he 3 whacked it from 3 feet and allowed Phil Mickelson to still gain a shot on him. This may have been Fred’s last change, but I hope not? He is having a good year.

Another Fred Couples fact: He has never missed a cut in 21 appearances at the Tournament, the longest active streak of any player. Amazing!

Tim Clark holing his bunker shot on 18 was great to watch as well.

I have always been a Phil Mickelson fan and I am glad he was able to have a care-free stroll up the 18th fairway for the first time. What I find amazing are the flood gates that have been opened. He went for so long as the “best player to never win a major”, and now he has won 3 majors in 2 years. To be exact, he has won 3 of the last 9 majors. To be even more exact, he has won the last 2 majors. Phil-slam anybody? Probably not, but that would be great if he did.

I still hope to attend the Masters one day, whether it’s a practice round or when the tournament has begun. Free tickets anyone? :)

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