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The Open Champion Has Had Countless Career-Defining Moments
Phil Mickelson had perhaps the greatest round of a great career, shooting a final-round 66 to win the British Open by three shots after starting the day five behind leader Lee Westwood. One key to the victory was his laser 3-wood second shot to the par-5 17th that set up a two-putt birdie. It was the latest in a career defined by heroic shots.
Sure, he's lost his share of tournaments, many of them in heartbreaking fashion. But he's also escaped from disaster countless times with creative flops, clutch putts and a nearly unmatched flair for the dramatic.
Here's a video rundown of some of Mickelson's greatest moments - 11 of the greatest golf shots of his remarkable career, starting with the 2013 Open Championship.
11. 2013 British Open
Phil's monster 3-wood second shot on the massive par-5 17th at Muirfield was the key moment of his career-defining round.
10. 2011 Farmers Insurance Open
Only Phil would treat us to the spectacle of having caddy Bones Mackay tend the pin on an approach shot from the fairway.
9. 2012 HP Byron Nelson Championship
Mickelson's the ultimate shot-shaper, which he proved with this bender around the trees at the Byron Nelson.
8. 2009 Tour Championship
For Mickelson, this was a routine chip-in, but given the circumstances — it clinched his Tour Championship win — it makes the list.
7. 2008 Crowne Plaza Invitational
Another stunning escape from the trees. All in a day's work.
6. 2009 Doral
Once was not enough. Lefty displayed his short-game mastery with consecutive chip-ins at Doral.
5. 2012 Masters
Phil's known for his flop shot, but from this position? Under Masters pressure? Sick.
4. 2010 BMW
Sometimes, it's preferable for fans (and for Phil) when he misses the green.
3. 2000 Chevron World Challenge
Only Phil would even think to attempt this bizarre shot, much less pull it off — a chip-in on an ice-littered green.
2. 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open
Mickelson broke Brandt Snedeker's heart with this bomb through the fringe and down the slope on No. 7 in the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
1. 2010 Masters
The hero shot to top all hero shots — Phil off the pine straw on 13 at Augusta. Pure guts.