Another Masters Golf Tournament has come and gone.
And with it goes all kinds of cherished memories for participants and patrons, alike.
One of the most emotional times of the tournament didn't come, in my opinion, until the end, just a few minutes after Phil Mickelson birdied the 18th hole to win his third coveted green jacket in his illustrious career.
Immediately after being declared the winner, the 2010 Masters Champion rushed to find his wife, Amy. Both tightly embraced each other, surrounded by their three daughters. Just before Phil and his wife kissed, tears streamed down the sunburned face of the champion.
It touched the heart of all who watched it -- either in person or the large audience who watched via CBS Sports Television, for Mrs. Mickelson is battling breast cancer.
I personally thought it said much about the character of who Phil Mickelson really is -- that he's not just a great golfer, but a man who loves his wife, deeply. He demonstrated that love not only to Amy, but shared a portion of that special bond with the rest of the world, too.
Somehow, it makes you like Phil Mickelson just a little more, aside from the fact that he's one of the greatest golfers in the world.
Phil Mickelson deserved to win this year's Masters Golf Tournament, because he worked hard. He never gave up on the idea that he could do it, even when he got behind at times.
One of his biggest challengers was Lee Westwood, the tournament's runner-up, who played four outstanding rounds of golf at the Augusta National last week. Phil ended up beating him by two shots to win.
This past Sunday, the last day of the tournament, in which anything could go wrong - and did for several golfers, including the world's No. 1 ranked golfer Tiger Woods - Phil Mickelson was relentless in his quest to win The Masters this year. He had the right temperament to conquer the holes on the last day of the four-day event.
His selection of clubs also was a key to his success. He hit great driving shots when he needed to and made birdies when he needed them -- two key ingredients to mastering The Masters.
Phil Mickelson is one of only a handful of great players to have won The Masters at least three times.
Two of them on that list include Gary Player and Nick Faldo.
During the green jacket presentation in the Butler Cabin, Phil, dressed in black slacks, a black shirt and a cap, slipped into his newest jacket.
He was helped by 2009 Masters Champion Angel Cabrera.
Phil's success at this year's Masters was another example of what hard work, determination and perseverance can do.
Congratulations, Phil Mickelson!