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Published:April 12th, 2010 13:15 EST
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Phil Mickelson Wins Masters: Good Guys Sometimes Finish First

By Robert Paul Reyes

Before the Masters tournament all the buzz was about Tiger Woods? Would the fans cheer the return of the prodigal son? Would Tiger be rusty? Would any of Tiger`s mistresses be in the gallery? Would Tiger be able to refrain from swearing when he hit a bad shot?

phil mickelsonWhen the world`s greatest golfer shot his best opening round ever on the first round of the Masters, it was hard to remember that there were other golfers with intriguing stories of their own.

Tiger wasn`t able to maintain the momentum of his first round, but he deserves credit for finishing tied for fourth place. Tiger also wasn`t able to maintain a sense of decorum, he uttered a profanity after hitting a bad shot.

The 2010 Masters tournament belonged not to the disgraced Tiger Woods, but to the gentleman and crowd favorite Phil Mickelson.

Tiger treats his wife like a doormat, but when Phil`s wife was diagnosed with breast cancer last May, he left the PGA tour to be with her. That`s true love, that`s a man who has his priorities in order.

Mickelson stole the spotlight from Tiger Woods, he made some incredible shots, smiled at the gallery, and acted like a gentleman at all times.

It was wonderful to watch Phil embrace his wife after he birdied the last hole to win the Masters.

Where was Tiger`s spouse, at home sticking needles into a Tiger Woods voodoo doll?

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