See How Phil Mickelson Makes His Point With a Magical Masters

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The 52-year-old surged in the final round to finish tied for second, following a year of flashpoints for his leading role as the Saudi-backed LIV Golf divided the sport.

AUGUSTA, Ga.—Midway through the Masters, Phil Mickelson made a prediction that was easy to write off, coming from a 52-year-old who spent the past year as a lightning rod for controversy and the face of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf league.

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“I’m ready to go on a tear,” he said.

Then, despite his age and the polarizing narratives that have followed him for the past year, Mickelson went on a tear.

Phil Mickelson

A sight that was once so familiar at Augusta National Golf Club—big crowds and cheers as Mickelson clinically dissected the country’s most famous course—improbably returned, even if it was completely different than before. Mickelson lit the grass here on fire and finished at 8-under par after a final round with eight birdies. The last one came on the 18th hole, where he pumped his fist twice after he nailed yet another big putt.

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Mickelson’s surge toward the top of the leaderboard made him the clubhouse leader for much of the afternoon. He finished tied for second place, four strokes behind winner Jon Rahm, along…
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