Phil Mickelson vs. Ernie Els
Saddled with the label, "the best player who hadn't won a major," Phil Mickelson didn't have a monkey on his back he had a gorilla. He lost his final-round lead when Els eagled the 8th and went two down when Els eagled the 13th. But this was a new, improved Lefty. He birdied 13, 14 and 16 to tie Els. Facing an 18-foot birdie putt to win at the 18th, he watched Chris DiMarco putt from virtually the same line, and barely miss. Properly schooled, Mickelson stepped up, and knocked it in. He leaped for joy and at last, shed the primate from his back.