Phil Mickelson still feels the thrill … the thrill of turning onto Magnolia Lane, the thrill of winning the Masters, and the thrill he felt when his wife Amy walked onto the green at 18 when he won for the third time.
“Like you can’t believe,” he quickly said on Tuesday when asked how it feels to drive down that canopied street that welcomes golfers into Augusta National. He also discussed, among other topics, what will happen to the 6-iron he used to hit the magical shot on No. 13, how the course stays relevant and the menu for the annual Champions Dinner. The 75th Masters will be held April 7-10.
Mickelson said the feeling goes back to when he was a boy, watching Seve Ballesteros on TV and telling his mother, “I want to win that tournament.”
He said the Masters gives every young golfer something to strive for, a thrill to one day feel.
“It exceeds our dreams, which is hard to do,” he said.
The following is a portion of the transcript of today’s teleconference, courtesy of