Mickelson ends with ‘Seconds Slam’ at Masters
Phil Mickelson settled for completing a career Second- Place Slam with his runner-up effort Sunday at the Masters, but the five-time major champion’s confidence is high as he seeks the real Grand Slam.
The 44-year-old American lefthander, who had managed only one top-10 effort in his past 31 starts, fired a three-under par 69 in the final round at Augusta Na- tional, matching England’s Justin Rose for second on 14-under 274, four strokes behind Masters winner Jordan Spieth.
“I feel like this is the way I’ve been playing but not scoring like this. This is the first week that I’ve got the score out of myself that I thought I should,” Mickelson said.
“I plan on taking the next couple of weeks to work on my game and get it sharp and hopefully use this as a springboard for the rest of the year because I feel like my game has really come around. This week, I played some good golf and hopefully I’ll continue the rest of the year.”
It was Mickelson’s 10th career runner-up finish in a major but his first at Augusta National, where he collected green jackets in 2004, 2006 and 2010. His other career major runner-up efforts include second at the 2001 and 2014 PGA Championships, the 2011 British Open and a record six U.S. Opens, most recently in 2013 at Merion.