Tiger Woods has been just a shell of himself since news on his extramarital affairs went public. It has obviously affected his game that he has not won any major this year. Things may change after his divorce settlement. He has started hitting the ball well again although his putting needs more consistency.
The wold number one Woods did not qualify to the US Ryder Cup team but he has shown improvements lately that team captain Corey Pavin decided to give Woods one of four wild card picks to the team. The United States team is scheduled to defend the Ryder Cup early next month in Wales.
Others who made it to the wild card are Stewart Cink, Rickie Fowler and and Zach Johnson. The eight qualifiers are world number two Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Jeff Overton, Dustin Johnson, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk, Bubba Watson and Hunter Mahan.
Woods is looking forward to his 6th appearance at the Ryder Cup this October. He has so far won 10 of his 25 matches, lost 13 and halved two matches.
Tiger Woods fired a decent round on Thursday at the PGA Championship. His one-under par 71 placed him tied at 24th and three shots behind first day leaders Bubba Watson and Francesco Molinari. Many players have not completed all 18 holes of the first round due to fog. Friday forecast is just as foggy with expected rainshowers later in the day.
World number one Woods started off with three birdies in his first four holes. He faltered to finish at 71 in a first round that has been delayed by weather. Players who have not completed the first round are starting early on Friday, making the afternoon schedule uncertain given the weather forecast.
Phil Mickelson has not completed his first round on Thursday but he is tied at 24th spot with one-under par after eleven holes. He has a shot at taking over the number one spot after the PGA Championship.
This is the last major for the season. Although Woods has been at number one for five years now, he has not won a major this year. Woods and Mickelson started out as odds on favorites. Woods has never been the same after news about his infidelities came out and scandals hounded him. Mickelson on the other hand is suffering from arthritis which can hamper his performance.
The Masters Golf Tournament Championship final game has arrived. Unfortunately, this year was not for Tiger Woods’s side since it was Phil Mickelson who brought the bacon home as he won the 2010 Masters Golf Tournament Championship game.
Phil Mickelson was able to beat Lee Westwood by three strokes for his third by finishing a birdie with -16 under par. His other golf opponents Lee Westwood finished at -13 while the world’s number 1 golfer Tiger Woods was able to finish positioning himself in the fourth place at -11.
“It was pretty cool, that walkup, I can’t believe that ball disappeared and went in. It was sure fun, especially after eagling 13,” Phil Mickelson said.
Phil Mickelson’s 2010 Masters Golf Tournament victory was his third since he also won the same in 2004 and 2006. It was also the 38th PGA Tour victory for him in his entire professional golf career.
This was a great victory for Phil Mickelson most especially for his wife Amy Mickelson who with his mother, were both diagnosed with breast cancer. It was his wife who insisted him to go and return to his professional golf career after being absent for almost 1 year.
Below is the updated Masters 2010 Leaderboard showing Phil Mickelson as the winner of this year’s US Masters Golf Tournament 2010. Second to him was Lee Westwood followed by Anthony Kim. Tiger Woods came in the fourth place tied with K. Choi.
We already knew that Phil Mickelson won the 2010 Masters Golf Tournament earning him the most coveted green jacket. Congratulations for that victory Phil Mickelson. Apparently, it was not the day for Tiger Woods as he only placed fourth in the masters winners list. That is probably due to his 5-month layoff in his professional golf career coupled with the crisis in his marriage.
With Phil Mickelson’s victory, a lot of golf tournament fans are asking how much is the payout for this year’s Masters Golf Tournament 2010? How much did Phil Mickelson received as his prize money for winning the Masters?
Augusta National Golf Club officials announced $7.5 million in total prize money will be awarded. $1.35 million of these payout goes to the champion of the championship round.
In addition, the second placer gets as much as $810,000 while the prize money for 3rd place is $510,000. Also, golfers placed in the top 19 positions in the Masters leaderboard can expect a 6 figure payout and the last golfer in position still walks away with $21,750.
Well, congratulations to Phil Mickelson for receiving $1.35 million prize money. For Tiger Woods placing fourth in this year’s Masters Golf Tournament, no official announcement yet was released regarding his portion of the masters purse. Stay tuned for us for more updates on this prize money.
Meanwhile, here is the Top 10 Masters Winners List in this year’s Masters Golf Tournament. They will all get a slice in the total Masters purse of USD 7.5 million.