Phil Mickelson looks to defend Masters title

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The professional golfer known simply by his one-word nickname, “Lefty,” is in Augusta, Ga., this week to defend his 2006 Masters title.

Phil Mickelson (depending on one’s point of view) will have the enviable or unenviable task of trying to win his second consecutive green jacket—a feat only three other golfers in history have accomplished.

Tiger Woods was the last to win consecutive Masters in 2002. In 1965 and 1966, the legendary Jack Nicklaus became the first Masters champion to successfully defend his title. Nick Faldo won back-to-back titles in 1989 and 1990.

Golfers from around the world are gathered at the Augusta National Golf Club for their chance to win one of professional golf’s most prestigious tournaments. Mickelson and 96 other golfers will wrap up their practice rounds today (Wednesday, April 4) before teeing off for real in tomorrow’s (Thursday, April 5) opening first round. The tournament will continue with the second round Friday, April 6. Following Friday’s competition, the field will be trimmed to the 44 golfers with the lowest 36-hole total and ties.

Those who survive the cut will play on Saturday and Sunday to determine this year’s winner. CBS television will air a highlights show Thursday and Friday night from 10:30 to 10:45 p.m. They will continue with live coverage on Saturday beginning at 2:30 p.m. and Easter Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

from the April 4-10, 2007, issue

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