Phil Mickelson wins the 68th Masters for his first major championship

Phil Mickelson birdied the last to win his first ever major title in thrilling fashion at Augusta.

The popular American carded a three-under-par final round to pip South Africa's Ernie Els by one shot.

Mickelson, who had played in 46 majors without victory, had trailed Els by as many as three shots on Sunday but stormed home in 31 shots to steal it.

KJ Choi claimed third after an eventful round, while Sergio Garcia and Bernhard Langer tied for fourth.

In one of the most exciting back nines the Masters has ever seen, Phil Mickelson out dueled Ernie Els to claim his first ever major championship and green jacket. Mickelson shot a final round 69, including an 18-foot birdie on the 18th hole to defeat Els. Els started the day at -3, and posted a five-under 67 a few groups ahead of Mickelson. His -8 seemed to be good enough to at least get him into a playoff with Mickelson. Els stumbled out of the gate with two bogeys in his first five holes, but quickly regained his form. He collected two eagles on his round at the par 5 8th and 13th. He also connected on a birdie at the 15th to put him at -8. Seeing his first major possibly slip away with a two-over on his front nine, Mickelson had to match Els's fire on the back nine. Mickelson would birdie five holes. Knowing Els had eagled the 13th, Mickelson would birdie the par 3 12th and par 5 13th. He would then briefly tie Els with his third-consecutive birdie at the par 4 14th. After a disappointing par at a birdie hole on the par 5 15th, Mickelson really had to buckle down on the final three holes. On the par 3 16th, Mickelson put the ball 20-feet above the hole. He would tie for the tournament lead with the dramatic putt. He remained tied heading to the final hole. When his second shot landed on the green, a championship winning putt was in front of him. As Mickelson made the putt, he jumped for joy as he won his first major title.

K.J. Choi finished third, which was his best major finish, with a three-under 69. Sergio GarcĂ­a shot the round of the tournament with a six-under 66 to finish in a tie for fourth. Also in this tie for fourth was two-time Masters champion, Bernhard Langer, who shot an even par on the round. Four major champions, including two former Masters champions (Vijay Singh, Fred Couples, Nick Price, and Davis Love III) finished in tie for sixth at -2. Tiger Woods's streak of not winning a major continued to seven with a disappointing +2. First and second round leader, Justin Rose also finished the tournament with a +2.