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Phil Mickelson Masters Golf 2023 Preview- Lefty aims to regain form amongst azaleas

Phil Mickelson Masters Golf 2023 Preview- Lefty aims to regain form amongst azaleas

It’s been a whirlwind last couple of years for Phil Mickelson. The World Golf Hall of Famer has shined at Augusta National over the years but has struggled to compete on the LIV Tour. 

Mickelson will have a chance this weekend to enjoy the magic of Augusta National, entertain the patrons and potentially bounce back after missing last year’s Masters due to a suspension.

Odds on Mickelson to Win

The majority of sportsbook list Mickelson at 200/1 odds to once again secure the Green Jacket. 

The 45-time PGA Tour winner’s odds label him as an extreme longshot. The current favorites in the field to win the tournament are 2022 champion Scottie Scheffler (7/1), Rory McIlroy (7/1) and Jon Rahm (8/1).

When is Mickelson’s tee time?

Thomas will tee off at 12:24 p.m. ET on Thursday and at 9:12 a.m. ET Friday in group 24 alongside Tom Hoge and Si Woo Kim.

Has Mickelson Won the Masters?

The 52-year-old has enjoyed massive success at Augusta National, having won the tournament three times (2004, 2006, 2010).

Mickelson trails only Jack Nicklaus (6), Tiger Woods (5) and Arnold Palmer (4) for most Masters victories. Other golfers who join Mickelson with three wins include Jimmy Demaret, Sam Snead, Gary Player and Nick Faldo.

“Lefty” will make his 30th appearance at the Masters this week. The Arizona State product owns 15-top 10s at the course, including a second-place finish in 2015 and five-third place showings (1996, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2012). 

In 1991, Mickelson won the Silver Cup as the Low Amateur at the Masters. Since making his professional Masters debut in 1993, the six-time major champion has accumulated $8,189,317 in winnings at Augusta, trailing only Tiger Woods ($9,588,236) atop the all-time Masters money list.

Mickelson has made 26-of-29 cuts at the event and, in 65 rounds, owns a scoring average of 71.35.

In his most recent Masters appearance in 2021, Mickelson finished T21 after posting rounds of 75, 72, 69 and 72.

Mickelson’s form entering the tournament

After having his comments leaked from an interview regarding the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Tour and the state of affairs in Saudi Arabia, Mickelson was banned from the PGA Tour by commissioner Jay Monahan. Mickelson is banned from seeking reinstatement with the tour until March 31, 2023.

Due to the ban, the San Diego, California native endured a four-month hiatus from playing professional golf. Mickelson’s last PGA Tour regular event was the Farmers Insurance Open (he missed the cut), held from Jan. 26-29, 2022. He resumed his career at LIV’s inaugural tournament, The LIV Golf Invitational London (June 9 – 11, 2022), where he finished T33.

The layoff seems to have put his golf game in a rough patch. In his first season on LIV’s tour (48-player fields), Mickelson finished tied for 33rd or worse in 5-of-7 events. 

He performed well at the LIV Golf Invitational Chicago where he finished T8 (70, 74,76) and at the LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok, ending in a T15 (69, 69, 69).

In 2023, Mickelson has gotten off to a slow start through three tournaments.

Mickelson’s 2023 Tournament Results

DateTournamentPositionOverall score
2/24-2/26LIV Golf Invitational MayakobaT2772-75-67: 214 (+1)
3/17-3/19LIV Golf Invitational TucsonT3070-67-75: 212 (-1)
3/31-4/2LIV Golf Invitational OrlandoT4170-76-67: 213 (E)

Throughout his professional career, Mickelson has played excellent at most major championships. His most recent major win came at the 2021 PGA Championship (The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island). At 50 years of age, Mickelson became the oldest player in history ever to win a major.

Since his victory, the short-game guru has played in the last two U.S. Opens and Open Championships. Mickelson only made one cut at the 2021 U.S. Open, where he finished T62.

A look back at Mickelson’s three wins at Augusta


At 33 years old, Mickelson won his first major and Masters title after coming close numerous times.

Mickelson opened the tournament with a 72 and wasn’t on the first page of the leaderboard, five strokes behind Justin Rose. Mickelson went on to post three consecutive three-under-par rounds of 69 to secure his place among the greats.

On the 18th hole, Mickelson sunk an 18-foot birdie to defeat Ernie Els by one stroke to end his major drought.


Two years later, Mickelson captured his second Masters win and third major. The win marked his second major in a row after winning the 2005 PGA Championship at Baltusrol. He joined an elite list of only 20 players to win consecutive major championships.

The 35-year-old posted rounds of 70, 72, 70 and 69 to finish at 7-under, two strokes ahead of South African Tim Clark and three strokes ahead of a pack of five golfers, which included the likes of Masters champions Tiger Woods, José María Olazábal and Fred Couples.

Mickelson had a three-shot lead going into 18 and was able to make a bogey for his third major win in his previous nine starts.

Mickelson Masters preview


Strong ball-striking and clutch putting helped Phil Mickelson win the 2010 Masters and capture his fourth major victory. He started the competition with a 5-under-par 67, which put him and Fred Couples in a tie for the lead.

In the following two rounds, he shot 71 and 67 to move within a stroke of Lee Westwood going into the final round. During the third round, Mickelson went eagle-eagle-birdie on holes 13-15 to move into second place. 

On Sunday, Mickelson finished with another round of 67. His play on the 15th hole is memorable for many Masters patrons because of a daring approach shot from behind a tree leading to a birdie. It extended his lead over Westwood and Anthony Kim by three strokes.

Mickelson finished the round (-16) smoothly with three pars and was awarded a third Green Jacket to add to his collection. 

His wife Amy, who had been battling breast cancer, was able to join him in an emotional celebration, making his victory even more significant.

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