Mickelson looks to claim 6th career Major Championship
It’s officially Masters Week in the world of Golf, one of if not the most popular weeks in sports. Phil Mickelson comes into the 2018 Masters in search of his fourth green jacket, having come out on top at Augusta National in 2004, 2006, and most recently in 2010.
Coming into the TOUR’s first major of the year, Lefty has been playing some of his best golf in recent years. He enters April with a win already under his belt this season, having claimed his 43rdcareer victory on the PGA TOUR at the WGC-Mexico Championship in early March. On top of his victory in Mexico, Mickelson has placed in the Top-10 in half of the events he’s played in this season, including four Top-5 finishes. One of the keys to Mickelson’s success this season is his putting. He ranks atop the PGA TOUR in total putting, and second on TOUR in strokes gained: putting.
The site of his first career-major victory in 2004, Mickelson is one of only eight golfers to have won at Augusta National at least three times. His scoring average of 71.25 ranks second all-time of players with 75 or more rounds played there, and his first-9 score of 30 in his final round of the 2009 Masters ranks as the lowest first-9 score in tournament history. There is no doubt that the Masters brings out the best golf in Lefty, a tournament that he looks forward to each year.
“Augusta National is a golf course where I relax when I go play,” said Mickelson. “As I drive down Magnolia Lane, I just relax because I don’t have to play perfect-golf to score well there.”
If Lefty comes out on top this week, he will join three of golf’s best as the only players to have claimed the famous green jacket at least four times. Tournament play is set to begin Thursday.
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