Monday, April 12, 2010
Golf fans looking for a little drama at this year’s Masters in Augusta National certainly got it—and fortunately it had nothing to do with Tiger Woods' girlfriends. With a flawless final-round 67 for a 16-under-par total of 272, Phil Mickelson won his third green jacket yesterday, which means the repeat champion is the first invitee to this year’s PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Bermuda’s own Port Royal Golf Course. What? You’ve never heard of the Grand Slam? Held each autumn at the end of the PGA and European tours, the PGA Grand Slam of Golf is a two-day tournament featuring the winners of that season’s four Major championships: the Masters, British Open, U.S. Open and the PGA Championship. Last year it was won by U.S. Open Champion Lucas Glover (see above), who wowed the crowed with his final approach on the 18th hole to defeat Angel Cabrera, Stewart Cink and Y.E. Yang (to watch it check out this short video I shot and edited last year). But alas, today is all about Phil and his stunning Masters victory. And what a win it was. His performance on the back nine was particularly impressive, like his laser-guided shot on 13, which he squeezed through a four-foot opening between two pine trees only to land it four feet from the pin at a distance of 207 yards away. If his play in October is anything like yesterday’s performance at Augusta, then the English Sports Shop better start sizing up Phil for his pink jacket as soon as possible.