Did You “Phil” The Thrill?

What a weekend in Augusta! I know for many Dawg fans, the weekend was more about G-Day than the Masters, but what happened at Augusta National over the weekend was spectacular.

Saturday was one of the best days of golf I have seen in my life. As an avid golfer myself, I sat amazed as I watched the 3rd Round unfold. The 3-hole stretch on the back 9 that Phil went through was nothing short of amazing, and will go down as one of the best performances of all time. Throw in the performance of Freddy, Tiger, Westwood, Choi, Kim and Poulter, and you have arguably the best Saturday in recent memory for any golf tournament. It set up for what turned out to be a magical Sunday.

Sunday at Augusta is one of my 2 or 3 favorite days of the year, ranking up there just behind Georgia-Florida and opening day of college football. As the saying goes, the tournament starts when the final pair reaches beautiful number 10. And what a back 9 it was.

We all know that Phil ended up coasting to the victory, but it was always much closer than the 3 shot victory proved to be. Lefty tried to make it interesting, pulling drive after drive into trouble, but that also led to some of the most amazing golf shots I’ve ever seen. The way Phil handled it down the stretch was truly “masterful”.

Winning his 3rd Green Jacket is special enough, but doing it in the fashion he did is what is really special. I’ve been a huge fan of Lefty for years. I’m enchanted by his creativity and his goofy, carefree attitude on the course. But on Sunday, he was confident. If you play golf (and have some semblance of a game) you know what it feels like to get in a groove. The wedge feels right in your hands, and you can envision what shots are supposed to look like. I’ll never know on a daily basis how this feels like these guys do, but I could relate on a smaller level to the confidence Phil felt on Sunday. He was in the zone.

What was most special though was after the win. If you didn’t feel something tugging on your heart strings when he embraced Amy, then you’ve got emotional problems. That was an incredible moment, and I couldn’t be happier for the Mickelson family. The issues he’s gone through off the course for the past year have been tremendous, and Sunday was such a perfect story for that family. I feel as if I’m having a hard time putting it into words; it’s one of those moments where you just had to see it and be in it, whether watching from your recliner or standing on the grounds of Augusta National. But it was special, and Sunday at Augusta once again did not disappoint.


1 Response to “Did You “Phil” The Thrill?”

  1. 1 sportsdawg April 12, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    The right guy won the Masters! When you hit a shot like he did from the pine straw on 13, you deserve to win. Not to mention the fact he’s one heck of a good guy.

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