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Phil Mickelson

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Phil Mickelson: Has won three of his four major titles at Augusta

Phil Mickelson: Has won three of his four major titles at Augusta

So long the bridesmaid, destined to become the best player ever to play the game and fail to win a major, Phil Mickelson blew the door open with his memorable first Masters triumph in 2004.

Phil has outscored Tiger Woods the last five times when the two have been paired together in the final round of tournaments (includes 2009 Masters, 67 v 68). Phil scored back-to-back eagles (13 and 14) in the third round when winning the title in 2010. Phil was 0-44 in the majors before winning his first Masters in 2004.

Now he has three Green Jackets and four majors in all.

Victory in 2004 came courtesy of an 18ft birdie putt on the 18th green to deny Ernie Els after the pair had traded blows throughout the back nine. Mickelson celebrated with a star-jump and the roars from the patrons around 18 were some of the loudest heard in Masters history.

He followed that big breakthrough with further wins in 2006 and 2010 and, with Tiger having won just once since 2005, it's Mickelson who deserves to be classed as Augusta's modern-day master.

Only twice outside the top 10 in his last 13 Masters, Mickelson simply adores the layout and, after a slow start to 2012, his odds of a fourth Green Jacket came tumbling down after a brilliant two weeks on the West Coast Swing.

First, the left-hander scored a fourth win at Pebble Beach after totally outplaying Woods in the final round and the following week he just missed out on a third win at Riviera when losing a play-off in the Northern Trust Open.

That highlighted the fact that Mickelson has a strong record of scoring repeat wins on his favourite courses so a fourth win at Augusta - on his favourite course of all - looks a real possibility.

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