Mickelson makes the most of the moment

After watching the way Phil Mickelson won The Masters -- and the sheer joy he exuded while celebrating -- suddenly, the wait doesn't seem that bad.

Originally Published: April 11, 2004
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Give credit to Phil Mickelson. When he finally wins a major championship, he gives golf its money's worth.

If we had only known that Mickelson would win the 2004 Masters with a thrilling back-nine comeback to overtake one of the best players in the world, we all would have waited patiently.

If Mickelson had only told us he would top off a furious charge of five birdies in seven holes with an 18-footer on the 72nd hole that peeked into the cup before curling in, we would ...

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