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Mickelson Wins Masters Golf Championship


American golfer Phil Mickelson has won his third Masters title in Augusta, Georgia. Playing in the final pairing Sunday with Lee Westwood of England, Mickelson had a steady round to finish at 16-under-par 272 to add another green jacket given to the winner to his wardrobe.

Westwood had a one stroke lead over the world's third ranked left-handed player heading into the final round. But Westwood, the world's No. 4 player, had some difficulties. Mickelson took advantage and Westwood placed second at 13-under-par 275.

American Anthony Kim made a late charge and was third at 12-under-par 276.

World No. 1 Tiger Woods of the United States and South Korea's K. J. Choi tied at fourth place at 11-under-par 277. Both men carded the same score in each of the four rounds. Woods was playing for the first time in five months since a sex scandal came to light in November.

Former champion Fred Couples of the United States was sixth. The 50-year-old first round leader ended at 9-under-par 279, six strokes back.

Mickelson's fourth major tournament victory is being called a win for his family. His wife, Amy, and mother are both in the midst of breast cancer treatment. Their prognosis for recovery is good.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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