2004 Masters Tournament: Mickelson Wins It

For years Phil Mickelson was tagged as the "best player without a major." But at the 2004 Masters, the 68th played, Mickelson won and shed that label.

Winner: Phil Mickelson, 279

Where it was played: Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia

Tournament dates: April 8-11, 2004

Leader after first round: Justin Rose, 67

Leader after second round: Justin Rose, 138

Leader after third round: Chris DiMarco and Phil Mickelson, 210

What Happened at the 2004 Masters Tournament

Finally, after years of winning on the PGA Tour but without any wins in one of the four major championships of professional golf, Phil Mickelson claimed his first win in a major at the 2004 Masters. He did it with a downhill birdie putt on the 72nd hole, an 18-footer. When the ball dropped, Mickelson leaped into the air, pumped his fists, and said to his caddie, "I did it!"

Mickelson entered the final round with a 2-stroke advantage. Ernie Els, starting the day three strokes behind Mickelson, in fourth place, became Mickelson's biggest challenger. In fact, Els, seeking his first win at The Masters, held the lead at different points on the back nine, closing with a round of 67 that included two eagles.

But Mickelson surged to the finish line, birdying five of the last seven holes. Els, playing a couple groups ahead of Mickelson, posted 8-under, and it appeared a playoff might be necessary. Els was on the practice putting green preparing for a playoff when Mickelson dropped the winning putt on the last hole.

Chris DiMarco began the final round tied with Mickelson in the lead, but shot 76 and was never a factor in Round 4.

Mickelson was the sixth player in tournament history to birdie the 72nd hole for the win, and the fourth to win it by making birdie on the tournament's final putt. Mickelson had won 22 "regular" PGA Tour titles before his first major; this was win No. 23 for Mickelson.

The 2004 Masters is remembered for more than just Mickelson's first win in a major, however. This is also the year of Arnold Palmer's final playing appearance in The Masters. It was the King's 50th time playing the Masters, and his 50th consecutive appearance. The latter remains the Masters record; the former was later surpassed by Gary Player.

2004 Masters Final Scores

Phil Mickelson 72-69-69-69=279
Ernie Els 70-72-71-67=280
K.J. Choi 71-70-72-69=282
Sergio Garcia 72-72-75-66=285
Bernhard Langer 71-73-69-72=285
Paul Casey 75-69-68-74=286
Fred Couples 73-69-74-70=286
Chris DiMarco 69-73-68-76=286
Davis Love III 75-67-74-70=286
Nick Price 72-73-71-70=286
Vijay Singh 75-73-69-69=286
Kirk Triplett 71-74-69-72=286
Retief Goosen 75-73-70-70=288
Padraig Harrington 74-74-68-72=288
Charles Howell III 71-71-76-70=288
a-Casey Wittenberg 76-72-71-69=288
Stewart Cink 74-73-69-73=289
Steve Flesch 76-67-77-69=289
Jay Haas 69-75-72-73=289
Fredrik Jacobson 74-74-67-74=289
Stephen Leaney 76-71-73-69=289
Stuart Appleby 73-74-73-70=290
Shaun Micheel 72-76-72-70=290
Justin Rose 67-71-81-71=290
Tiger Woods 75-69-75-71=290
Alex Cejka 70-70-78-73=291
Mark O'Meara 73-70-75-74=292
Bob Tway 75-71-74-72=292
Scott Verplank 74-71-76-72=293
Jose Maria Olazabal 71-69-79-75=294
Bob Estes 76-72-73-74=295
Brad Faxon 72-76-76-71=295
Jerry Kelly 74-72-73-76=295
Ian Poulter 75-73-74-73=295
Justin Leonard 76-72-72-76=296
Phillip Price 71-76-73-76=296
Paul Lawrie 77-70-73-77=297
Sandy Lyle 72-74-75-76=297
Eduardo Romero 74-73-74-77=298
Todd Hamilton 77-71-76-75=299
Tim Petrovic 72-75-75-78=300
a-Brandt Snedeker 73-75-75-77=300
Jeff Sluman 73-70-82-77=302
Chris Riley 70-78-78-78=304

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