April 10, 2010
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Phil Mickelson had never eagled multiple holes in the same round of The Masters. On Saturday, he became the third man in history to card one on back-to-back holes. And then he came within 12 inches of making it three-in-a-row.
The two-time Masters champ eagled the par-5 13th and then holed a 139-yard approach shot on the par-4 14th. After laying up on the par-5 15th, Mickelson nearly sunk a low wedge shot from nearly 100 yards out, much to the delight and amazement of everyone in attendance, including, it seemed, himself. The two eagles tied Mickelson for the lead with Lee Westwood. The birdie on No. 15 put him in sole possession of first at 12-under par.
The eagle on No. 13 was about as routine as such a score can be. Mickelson boomed a 305-yard tee shot and then landed his approach from 205 yards to within six feet of the pin. He sunk the putt to get his second three of the week on the hole. The eagle on No. 14 wasn't nearly a conventional.
From 139 yards, Mickelson landed his approach about 10 feet from the pin. It quickly checked right and trickled directly into the center of the cup. After the shot, the lefthander received a rousing two-minute ovation from The Masters patrons.
He became only the third man in tournament history to score back-to-back eagles. Dan Pohl did it first in 1982 and Dustin Johnson accomplished the feat last year. All three players did it on Nos. 13 and 14.
Before his first eagle, Mickelson was five shots off the lead. Three holes later, he was at the top of the leaderboard. Moving day, indeed.