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Phil's thrill ride

For all Mickelson's triumphs on the 12th, he's had just as many foozles

Updated: March 29, 2012, 1:33 PM ET
By Scott Miller | ESPN The Magazine

Mickelson must have heard the roar on that April Sunday. It was 2004, and Ernie Els had just made eagle at the par-5 13th, leaving a majorless Phil three shots back and in desperate need of a birdie. The problem? Mickelson was on the tee at Augusta's 12th -- and golfers don't make birdies at Augusta's 12th. Mickelson, ever the gambler, gunned for the pin and stuck it to 15 feet. The ensuing birdie began a back-nine charge that would lead to his first major victory. He did it ...

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