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Els, Mickelson overcome major disappointments

Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson have both had to overcome disappointment at majors.

Originally Published: May 17, 2004
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. -- When Ernie Els last stepped off the major championship stage, he looked like a big, blond Willy Loman starring in Death of a Green Jacket. Els had the smile. He had the patter. But his dream of winning a Masters, the major he has wanted since he was a young boy, slipped through his grasp and into the raised arms of Phil Mickelson.

Els led by three strokes with five holes to play. He shot a 67 on Sunday at Augusta, one of the biggest Crock-Pots in professional sports. ...

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