On This Date 4/11/2004

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After 17 top-ten finishes, including three second-place finishes, Phil Mickelson wins his first major championship, beating Ernie Els by one stroke to capture the Masters. Mickelson, who had lost major titles by one stroke, wins the Green Jacket with a birdie putt on the final hole, beating Ernie Els by a nine-under-par 279. Phil Mickelson would win two more Masters, along with a PGA and Open Championship.

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