Three is the magic number

You can jump all over Phil Mickelson for finishing third, but you would be missing his winning weekend, writes Ralph Wiley.

Updated: April 16, 2003, 1:04 PM ET
By Ralph Wiley | Page 2 columnist

Two left-handers won at the 2003 Marthas ... I mean Masters.

Mike Weir won the 2003 title, a million dollars plus cab fare, continental respect and adulation in his native Canada.

Phil Mickelson won nearly everything else.

With all the talk about Tiger going for three wins in a row, turned out it was Phil Mickelson who three-peated. No one has ever finished third at Augusta three years in a row, have they? No, they haven't, not that I know of, because nobody even pulled ...

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