Amazingly good. The last eleven holes must rank with the greatest golf ever played. It is one thing to watch a birdie fest in a tournament where everyone is under par. But yesterday Els and Mickleson fired birdies and eagles back and forth, with nary a bogey on a course that punishes the slightest error. Jim Nantz apparently shares the same view:
When a golf tournament signs off the air, network protocol calls for the talent and crew to dash to their courtesy golf carts, beat a hasty retreat back to the parking lot, and get on the road as quickly as possible to catch the next plane home.
This weekend, however, was different. Almost three hours after Phil Mickelson birdied the 72nd hole Sunday to win the Masters, Jim Nantz was still holed up at CBS Sports' Augusta National compound, marveling about a tournament he ranks with Jack Nicklaus' win in 1986 and the Nicklaus/Johnny Miller/Tom Weiskopf showdown in 1975 as perhaps the greatest.
Mickleson's transformation from a golfer with unfulfilled promise to Masters champion is well chronicled in this story by Sally Jenkins. There has been a sea change in Mickleson's approach to the game. I'd say he's got another major or two in his future.