08 Apr '14, 4pm

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It is hard to believe that it has been a decade since Phil Mickelson took one giant step in his career and one small leap into Masters history. Time doesn’t lessen the lore, however. It only enhances it. Mickelson had won plenty before and has won plenty since, including four more major championships, but just as in life nothing is perhaps ever quite as memorable as a first. Already twice a runner-up in the U.S. Open -- and painfully so again later that year and three more times since -- Lefty had experienced a career’s worth of major heartache by the time he turned up at Augusta National in 2004. Early in the week, though, there was a moment longtime caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay recalled that gave a sense it might finally be Mickelson’s time. A few days and one joyous jump later, Mickelson was a major champion after an 18-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole gave him a one-shot...

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