Ten years. Ten years? TEN YEARS!?!?
It has been 10 years since Phil Mickelson won his first major championship, besting Ernie Els with a miraculous putt on the 18th green at Augusta National, transforming Lefty from the best player to never win a major into a bona fide Hall of Famer.
(I mean technically it has been 11 years since Phil first won the Masters, but the numeric connection of 2004 and 2014 makes this anniversary much cleaner to chronicle. And yes, I clicked the above link and suddenly can't stop imagining John Cusack starring in a movie about Mickelson's career with Jeremy Piven playing the role of caddy Jim "Bones" Mackay.)
It has been a decade since Mickelson put together one of the great second nines in Augusta history, carding a five-under 31 over the final stretch on Sunday to beat Els by one stroke. It may have taken him a while to win that first major, but Mickelson has certainly managed to make up for lost time.