Phil Mickelson wins the 70th Masters Tournament
Mickelson went into the final round of this Masters with a one-stroke lead, and as he played the 7th hole on Sunday he was in a five-way tie for first and 15 players were within three strokes of the lead, including three of his four primary rivals: Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and Retief Goosen. (Ernie Els had been only four back at the start of the day but suffered another Sunday meltdown.) What had the makings of a classic back-nine shootout instead turned into a suspense-free coronation.
The course was lengthed significantly before the tournament making the course play 7,445 yards (up from 7,290 in 2005). Phil Mickelson won his second Masters and second consecutive major winning by two with a score of seven under 281. The purse was $7.0 million and Mickelson earned $1.26 million.
Phil Mickelson won his second consecutive major (2005 PGA Championship) and his second green jacket with a final round 69 for a two stroke victory over Tim Clark. The win also gave Mickelson his third major in nine major championships. Clark finished in second by himself by connecting from a green side bunker at the 72nd hole. Tiger Woods shot a two-under 70 to finish three-strokes behind Mickelson. He would finish in a five-way tie for third with Fred Couples, Retief Goosen, Chad Campbell, and José María Olazábal. The 1994 and 1999 Masters champion shot the round of the tournament with a six-under 66.