Phil Mickelson Shoots Historic 65 At The Masters

Mickelson's incredible final round of 65 gave him the clubhouse lead at Augusta

Phil Mickelson celebrates holing a putt at The Masters
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Phil Mickelson birdied five of the last seven holes at Augusta National to shoot the lowest score ever recorded by an over 50 at The Masters.

Lefty, the Green Jacket winner in 2004, 2006 and 2010, began the day at one-under-par but his 65 propelled him to eight-under to post the clubhouse target and leave him T2nd by the time his birdie putt on the final green dropped.

"To come out today and play the way I did and hit the shots when I needed, it's so much fun," he said. "I'm grateful to be a part of this tournament and to be here competing and then to play well, it means a lot."

The controversial American, now with LIV Golf, is back at The Masters after skipping last year's tournament amid a four month spell away from the game due to comments he made relating to Saudi Arabia and using the PGA Tour as leverage for the new LIV Golf start-up.

And yet despite showing little-to-no form, with just one top-10 in ten 48-man LIV events, Mickelson rolled back the years on Sunday at Augusta with a truly sensational last round.

The 52-year-old played alongside Jordan Spieth for the final 18 and the duo shot a combined 13-under-par between them, with the Texan going round in 66.

Mickelson had previously stated that his game was in good shape earlier in the week, saying he was ready to "go on a tear soon."

"I'm actually looking forward to the weekend," he said after round two.

"I know I've been hitting it, playing better than I've been scoring, and I'm looking forward to just putting one round together that I know I'm capable of, and if I do that, it's going to be a really fun weekend.

"I'm going to go on a tear pretty soon. You wouldn't think it. You look at the scores. But I've been playing exactly how I played yesterday, hitting the ball great, turning 65s, 66s into 77s."

Elliott Heath
News Editor

Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV