Phil Mickelson celebrates on the 18th green after winning the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga., Sunday, April 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Rob Carr) By Rob Carr
Phil Mickelson puts on the Masters jacket after winning the 2010 Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga., Sunday, April 11, 2010. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) By David J. Phillip
Tiger Woods reacts to his approach shot on the 13th fairway during the final round of the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga., Sunday, April 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) By Charlie Riedel
Phil Mickelson, right, shakes hands with Lee Westwood of England after winning the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga., Sunday, April 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) By Morry Gash
Tiger Woods reacts to a missed putt on the 11th green during the final round of the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga., Sunday, April 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Rob Carr) By Rob Carr
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Even sweeter than Phil Mickelson slipping into another green jacket was seeing his wife waiting for him behind the 18th green Sunday at Augusta National with tears streaming down her face.
She had not been at a golf tournament since being diagnosed with breast cancer 11 months ago.He had not looked the same ever since.
A shattered world seemed at peace in the fading sunlight Sunday at the Masters, where Mickelson made one last birdie for a 5-under 67 and a three-shot victory over Lee Westwood.
The conclusion was far more emotional than anyone expected. "To win this tournament, it's the most amazing feeling," Mickelson said from Butler Cabin. "This has been a special day. I'll look back on this day as very memorable, something I'll always cherish."
Determined to win one for his family, Mickelson made two remarkable par saves from the trees, then made a gutsy play off the pine straw and over Rae's Creek on the par-5 13th hole. It was the kind of shot that has brought Mickelson so much criticism for taking too many risks. This time, nothing was going to stop him.
His final birdie only mattered on the scorecard, 16-under 272, the lowest by a Masters champion since Tiger Woods in 2001. Mickelson had this won as he walked up the 18th fairway to a massive ovation. He raised both arms when the putt fell, had a long embrace with caddie Jim "Bones" Mackay then walked toward the scoring hut and into Amy Mickelson's arms.
Standing behind them was Mary Mickelson, his mother, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in July.
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