AUGUSTA, Georgia (AP): Phil Mickelson won his third Masters title, shooting a 5-under 67 Sunday to pull away for a three-stroke win over England's Lee Westwood.
Even sweeter than slipping into another green jacket for Mickelson was seeing his wife waiting for him behind the 18th green at Augusta National with tears streaming down her face.
Amy Mickelson had not been at a golf tournament since being diagnosed with breast cancer 11 months ago and Phil Mickelson had not looked the same since.
Mickelson shared a long embrace with his wife behind the 18th green, and as he walked to the scoring trailer to sign for the lowest score at Augusta in nine years, a single tear trickled down his cheek to his lip.
"We've been through a lot this year. It means a lot to share some joy together," Mickelson said, his voice cracking as he struggled to keep control. "It's been such an incredible week, an emotional week. And to cap it off with a victory is something I can't put into words.
"It's something we'll share for the rest of our lives."
Determined to win one for his family, Mickelson made two remarkable par saves from the trees, seized control with a 15-foot birdie putt in the heart of Amen Corner and then made a gutsy play with a 6-iron off the pine straw and over Rae's Creek on the par-5 13th to set up a birdie.
It was the kind of shot that has brought Mickelson so much criticism for taking unnecessary risks.
There was simply no denying him in this Masters.
His final birdie only mattered on the scorecard, 16-under 272, the lowest by a Masters champion since Tiger Woods in 2001.
Mickelson had this won as he walked up the 18th fairway to a massive ovation. He raised both arms when the putt fell, had a long embrace with caddie Jim "Bones" Mackay then walked toward the scoring hut and into his wife's arms.
Standing behind them was Mary Mickelson, his mother, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in July.
So ended a Masters unlike any other. It began with Woods returning from a humiliating sex scandal and brought a sharp rebuke from Masters chairman Billy Payne and scrutiny of his behavior as he broke par all four rounds and tied for fourth, five shots behind.
It ended in tears for Mickelson and his wife - and in heartache for Westwood, who had his best chance at winning a major end by missing too many short putts.
"Phil being the champion he is hit some great shots coming down the stretch," said Westwood, who closed with a 71 for his best finish ever in a major. "He's been through hard times recently, and he deserves a break or two."
Anthony Kim closed with a 65, the best score of the tournament, and finished alone in third.
Phil Mickelson 67-71-67-67_272
Lee Westwood 67-69-68-71_275
Anthony Kim 68-70-73-65_276
K.J. Choi 67-71-70-69_277
Tiger Woods 68-70-70-69_277
Fred Couples 66-75-68-70_279
Nick Watney 68-76-71-65_280
Y.E. Yang 67-72-72-70_281
Hunter Mahan 71-71-68-71_281
Ricky Barnes 68-70-72-73_283
Ian Poulter 68-68-74-73_283
Miguel Angel Jimenez 72-75-72-66_285
Jerry Kelly 72-74-67-72_285
Ryan Moore 72-73-73-68_286
David Toms 69-75-71-71_286
Trevor Immelman 69-73-72-72_286
Steve Marino 71-73-69-73_286
Ernie Els 71-73-75-68_287
Scott Verplank 73-73-73-68_287
Adam Scott 69-75-72-71_287
Angel Cabrera 73-74-69-71_287
Heath Slocum 72-73-70-72_287
Tom Watson 67-74-73-73_287
Ben Crane 71-75-74-68_288
Matt Kuchar 70-73-74-71_288
Kenny Perry 72-71-72-74_289
Geoff Ogilvy 74-72-69-74_289
Bill Haas 72-70-71-76_289
Yuta Ikeda 70-77-72-71_290
Jason Dufner 75-72-75-69_291
Steve Stricker 73-73-74-71_291
Francesco Molinari 70-74-75-72_291
Charl Schwartzel 69-76-72-74_291
Soren Kjeldsen 70-71-75-75_291
Sean O'Hair 72-71-72-76_291
a-Matteo Manassero 71-76-73-72_292
Lucas Glover 76-71-71-74_292
Retief Goosen 74-71-76-73_294
Dustin Johnson 71-72-76-75_294
Camilo Villegas 74-72-71-77_294
Steve Flesch 75-71-70-78_294
Zach Johsnon 70-74-76-75_295
Robert Karlsson 71-72-77-76_296
Mike Weir 71-72-76-77_296
Chad Campbell 79-68-80-71_298
Robert Allenby 72-75-78-73_298
Sergio Garcia 74-70-76-78_298
Nathan Green 72-75-80-75_302