(April 11, 2019) – It’s a memorable day for Phil Mickelson legendary career. Lefty’s iconic jump took place 15 years ago today when he earned his first Masters victory, which was also his first Major Championship. Fast forward six years later to 2010, and Mickelson would take home his third Masters title on the same day.
Phil was on the 18th hole in 2004 preparing for the most important putt of his career. From 18 feet away and the 68th Masters on the line, Phil’s putt crawled to the hole. He made it, and the crowd exploded. What followed the putt is an image so iconic in Phil’s career and PGA TOUR history: the jump. Phil shot in the air and shouted, “I did it!” Moments before the Masters-winning putt, Phil had studied playing partner Chris DeMarco’s putt, which was unsuccessful.
“Chris’s ball was hanging on that left lip, and when it got to the hole, it just fell off,” Lefty said. “And my putt was almost on the identical line. Instead of falling off, it caught that lip and circled around and went it. I can’t help but think (my grandfather) may have had a little something to do with that.”
Phil finally proved himself after 17 top-10 finishes as he was now amongst the group of Masters winners before him.
Six years later in 2010, Mickelson entered The Masters without a victory on the season. 39 at the time, something about The Masters allowed Phil to rise to the occasion and perform how everybody knows he can. Well, how good did her perform? Let’s start with shocking pars out of the pines on the ninth and 10th holes. He would follow that up with birdies on the 12th and 13th. Phil was in cruise control from there as he carded a 67 and secured his third Masters victory by three strokes over Lee Westwood.
“I’m in love with this place,” Mickelson said. “It just brings out the best in me.”
Now nine years after winning his third Masters, Lefty is back at the place he loves and looking for his fourth.