Phil Mickelson's first event of 2013 was the Humana Challenge, where he finished T37.
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After the final round at the Humana, Mickelson mentioned to reporters that he was considering moving out of California or even retiring from golf due to high federal and state taxes. The comments caused an uproar, and he eventually apologized.
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In his third start of the season, Mickelson wowed the crowds at the Phoenix Open by winning his first title of the year. His victory included a near-59 in the first round, but his putt for 59 curled out of the cup, leaving him with a 60.
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Mickelson experimented with a prototype Callaway X Hot 3Deep 3-wood after Phoenix. He then called up Callaway and asked them to take the club and "put it on steroids." The result was the 'Phrankenwood,' a club that wasn't a driver, but wasn't a 3-wood either. Phil used the club at the Masters but abandoned it a few weeks alter.
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At the Masters, Mickelson failed to match his stellar play from 2012 and finished the tournament T54 at nine over.
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At the U.S. Open at Merion, Mickelson led after the first, second and third rounds. Unfortunately for Phil, he shot a 74 on Sunday to earn his record sixth runner-up finish at the U.S. Open, coming two shots short of winner Justin Rose.
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Few observers thought Mickelson could recover from the devastating loss at Merion, but Phil was saving his best performances for the second half of the season. The week before the British Open, he traveled to Scotland a week prior and won the European Tour's Scottish Open, his first win on a links course.
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Feeling confident from his Scottish Open win just days before, Mickelson chose to forgo using a driver at the British Open at Muirfield, instead opting for a 3-wood and five wedges. The odd move would end up paying off.
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Mickelson started slow at the British Open at Muirfield, but by the end of the third round he was T9, within five shots of leader Lee Westwood. What followed was one of the greatest final rounds in major history. Mickelson fired a thrilling 66 to come from behind and win the tournament that no one thought he would ever win. It was his fifth major title.
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Mickelson struggled at the PGA Championship in August, finishing T72 at 12 over.
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Mickelson made his tenth appearance at the Presidents Cup, teaming up with Keegan Bradley to go 2-1-1, before losing in singles to Angel Cabrera, 1 down. The U.S. won the Cup 18.5-15.5
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Mickelson started well in the FedEx Cup playoffs, finishing T6 at the Barclays. However, poor performances at the next three playoff events left him in 9th place at the end.
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In honor of his three victories, especially his dramatic British Open triumph, Mickelson was named Golf Magazine Player of the Year.
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