Phil's thrill ride

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 again in 2010, when a birdie on 12 helped stave off the likes of Lee Westwood and Woods.

Still, for all the hard-drawing 9-irons Phil has peppered the green with on 12, he's had nearly as many foozles there. He's 4-under par on the hole in his three wins and 15-over the other 15 years. His low point came in 2009 when a wet double bogey negated a front-nine 30 that had pulled him to within one of the lead. Regardless, Phil the Thrill remains consistent in his approach: He's firing at the 12th pin -- swirling wind, Rae's Creek and back-nine double bogeys be damned.

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