Phil Mickelson Phil Mickelson warms up on the practice range during a practice round for The Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, on April 4, 2023. Pga The Masters Practice Round

Much was written and said about Phil Mickelson in the days leading up to The Masters and in the early rounds.

Reporters, analysts, fellow golfers, Twitter users and others all had plenty to say about the three-time Masters champion.

Most of them made the same points. His days as a competitive golfer are long gone, people said. Others claimed Mickelson sold his soul to leave the PGA Tour to join LIV Golf, even as he frankly admitted the Saudis were “scary ————- to get involved with.”

There were stories written about how the large crowds that once adored Mickelson barely acknowledged him this time around. Others talked about about how he was a silent pariah of sorts at the annual Masters dinner for past champions.

Well, Phil Mickelson, the widely criticized so-called deserter, sellout and washed-up golfer, carded a final round 65 at Augusta National Sunday to finish tied for second on the scoreboard with Brooks Koepka at 8-under, four shots behind winner Jon Rahm.

To say Mickelson had the last laugh on all the naysayers doesn’t do justice to what he experienced Sunday afternoon.

In the end, this was an incredible performance, one that ranks right there with his stunning win in the 2021 PGA Championship. While the 52-year-old Mickelson will always have this Masters to cherish, there remains the question of what this might do for his image and his legacy.

Mickelson will undoubtedly remain persona non grata for many fans and fellow golfers for his ties to the controversial LIV Golf tour. But will this Masters performance change the way many fans feel about him?

Twitter had plenty of interesting comments about Mickelson after Sunday’s scorching final round.

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