Best Victory Celebration of the Decade


Phil Mickelson

Best Victory Celebration of the Decade - Voting Results
  • Rich Beem shimmy after winning the 2002 PGA Championship - 23%
  • Phil Mickelson's leap after winning the 2004 Masters - 30%
  • Karrie Webb's cannonball after winning the 2006 Kraft nabisco - 18%
  • Tiger Woods' hat slam after winning the 2008 Arnold Palmer Invitational - 20%
  • Padraig Harrington's fist pumps after winning the 2008 PGA Championship - 9%

The golfing world had waited for years for the moment to arrive.

After winning the 1991 Northern Telecom Open as an amateur, Phil Mickelson was expected to just as easily begin winning major championships. But year after year, the season's four majors would come and go and Lefty would still be left standing on the outside looking in on golf's most exclusive club - major winner.

Heading into Augusta National in the spring of 2004, Mickelson's record at majors stood at a dismal - and depressing - 0-43 as a professional. And although Mickelson had once again gotten himself into contention heading into Sunday's final round, it was hardly a news story considering he had posted five straight top-10s coming into the '04 Masters. Fans of Mickelson had seen this movie script before, and it always ended in heartache.

But bolstered by a blistering back-nine 31, Mickelson found himself standing on the 72nd hole with a putt to not only win the Masters but his first major championship as well. And as his historic 18-footer finally fell into the cup the crowd around the green rose to their feet – just as Lefty left his. All of six inches.

Yet those meager six inches seemed like a mile. Or so it seemed to Phil fans.

December 27 results: Best Fashion Statement

Previous Results:
Best Clutch Shot [Men]
Best Clutch Shot [Women]
Best Record-Setting Performance
Best Putt
Best Quote
Best Equipment Advancement
Best Player/Caddie Duo
Best Men's Major
Best Women's Major
Best 'Oops' Moment
Best Rivalry