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Mickelson seals title with four late birdies while Tiger shares fourth

2010-04-12 09:59 BJT

Phil Mickelson birdied four of the last seven holes to win his fourth major title, and a third Green Jacket, by three shots at the U.S. Masters on Sunday.

Phil Mickelson of the US reacts on the 18 hole to win the 2010 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia.(AFP/Don Emmert)
Phil Mickelson of the US reacts on the 18 hole to
 win the 2010 Masters Tournament in Augusta,
 Georgia.(AFP/Don Emmert)

A stroke behind pacesetting Briton Lee Westwood overnight, the American left-hander fired a flawless five-under-par 67 to post a 16-under total of 272 at a sun-splashed Augusta National.

Mickelson, who won his first two Masters crowns in 2004 and 2006, effectively wrapped up the title with back-to-back birdies from the par-three 12th. He rolled in a curling 14-footer on the 12th green, and then narrowly missed an eagle putt from just three feet at the par-five 13th before holing out from a similar distance coming back.

Cheered on by huge galleries, Mickelson put the seal on an emotional victory with an eight-foot birdie putt at the last.He thrust both arms skywards for the celebration.