Westwood had commenced the fourth and final day as leader but ultimately had to settle for second place after the magical Mickelson completed the course in just 67 shots. The stunning performance saw off the unfortunate Englishman who shot a 71 round.
Ironically, Mickelson and Westwood were playing partners in the final round as the dramatic events unfolded. The highlight of the final day came at the 13th hole where Westwood played an admirable shot to escape the clutch of trees and land on the fairway.
Meanwhile Mickelson found himself in a similar position but ambitiously aimed for the green. It was a shot which captivated the onlooking spectators who were afforded an insight into the burning passion that Mickelson continues to display. He determinedly clenched his fists acknowledging the enormity of the stroke which edged him further ahead of his rivals.
Indeed it left Mickelson two shots ahead of the chasing pack which included Westwood. The 39-year-old called on his accumulated experience as he made it through the rest of the course without any mishaps to claim his third Masters title.
If Westwood had managed to triumph at Augusta, the achievement would have seen him become the first English victor at the Masters since Nick Faldo in 1996. But he was unable to keep pace with his partner and ended up second best to worthy winner. But Westwood once more paid testament to his talent as a golfer and has earmarked his name as a future Major winner.
Westwood was magnanimous in defeat, paying full credit to MickelsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s achievement.
“Phil hit some great shots like the champion he is,” he remarked. “He’s been through hard times just recently and he deserves a break or two.”
The Englishman is optimistic about the future and outlined his lofty ambition of one day claiming that elusive major title.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I can walk away with a lot of positive thoughts and memories from this Masters. The more I get closer to winning these majors the more I want the next one to come around. Law of averages says the door is going to open one day.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Meanwhile the media fury around the return of disgraced golfer, Tiger Woods, was unrelenting. The world number one yesterday announced his intention to take another break from golf and the media glare after returning from a hiatus.
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