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2006 Masters Tournament
April 9, 2006 Phil Mickleson shoots a 3-under round at Augusta National to win his 2nd green jacket
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When Saturday's rain-delayed round at Augusta National completed, Phil Mickleson was 3 shots behind Masters Tournament board leader Chad Campbell, who was at a respectful 6-under. Coming into Sunday the tough golf course had narrowed the field to some of the finest players in golf. Last year's winner Tiger Woods was tied with Mickleson at 3-under and Retief Foosen, Vejay Singh and Ernie Els were at 2-under. Of the 36 players remaining, it was these 6 that Mickleson really had to worry about.

He didn't worry long. Leading the field in driving distance at 299.25 yards (the only major stat catagory he won), Phil Mickleson drove his way to the green jacket quickly in Sunday's round. He made the turn at 6 under, then birdied both the 13th and 15th holes, the course's make or break holes.

Last year's winner, Tiger Woods, seemed to start slow but rallied in the back 9 to finish tied with Retief Goosen at 2 under par. Ernie Els, having problems walking the hilly course with his surgically repaired knee, had a widely-variable round, with a double bogey on 2. He ended the day 4 over.




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