Tiger 4th as Mickelson Wins

Crowd lifts Lefty as Woods slumps in return to competition
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 11, 2010 6:19 PM CDT
Tiger 4th as Mickelson Wins
Tiger Woods accompanied by caddie Steve Williams and his security entourage walks down the sixth fairway during the final round of the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga., Sunday, April 11, 2010.    (David J. Phillip)

Phil Mickelson, already a fan favorite and now the sentimental pick with his wife and mother battling breast cancer, won his third Masters today, shooting a 5-under 67 to pull away for a 3-stroke win over Lee Westwood. Tiger Woods, the week's sideshow in his return to competition, had an uneven day that ended with a 3-under 69 and a tie for fourth with KJ Choi at 11-under 277, 4 strokes behind Mickelson. Anthony Kim finished third.

Mickelson wrapped up with a birdie at the 18th, then headed to the side of the green to hug wife Amy. "I wanted to win this tournament," said Woods, playing for the first time in five months. "As the week went along, I kept hitting the ball worse. It was not very good." A 3-putt bogey from about 6 feet at the 14th doomed his chances today. "I only enter events to win," he said. "I didn't hit the ball good enough and made too many mistakes around the green. As a result, I'm not there." (More Tiger Woods stories.)

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