Mr. Mickelson, Hollywood on line one, Oprah on line two. After a year of hell dealing with his wife's and mother's breast cancer and struggling on the course, Mickelson was solid at worst and frequently spectacular. Winged Foot Schminged Foot.
For all three of his Masters wins Phil sported a black shirt. On Sunday he wore all black, as did K.J. Choi, who tied for fourth. Those two players outdueled or matched their red-shirted playing partners, Lee Westwood and Tiger Woods, respectively.
Subtle changes to the layout and setup—a few reduced bunkers, thicker grass on the banks, new pin positions—and carefully considered hole and tee placements brought that Masters magic back by giving the players opportunities for the spectacular or the catastrophic.
The youngest player ever at the Masters, the 16-year-old from Italy showed great poise in becoming the first amateur to make the cut since 2005. He'll turn 17 in the coming weeks and go pro, making his debut at the European tour's Italian Open.
Besides Choi's heroics, defending PGA Championship winner Y.E. Yang (right) finished in the top 10 at seven under, and Korean-American Anthony Kim lit up the back nine on Sunday to hit 12 under and finish third.