Masters 2012 Final Round: Mickelson Falters Early, Trails Oosthuizen By 3 Strokes

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 07: Phil Mickelson of the United States plays his second shot to the 17th hole during the third round of the 2012 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

After a stellar 6-under round of 66 on Saturday put former ASU great Phil Mickelson just one stroke back after three rounds, he chances at claiming a fourth green jacket took a serious hit early on Sunday.

Lefty's command over the first three holes on the final round seemed shaky at best, yet he managed to hold on to par each. However, his luck ran out on the par-3 fourth hole.

A bad tee shot put him around 40 yards to the left of the pin. The location forced him to shoot the next two shots right-handed, which each going as poorly as expected. The fourth shot found a bunker, and he then finally found the hole two shots later.

That terrible sequence dropped him four shots behind the current leader, Louis Oosthuizen. However, Mickelson managed to birdie the eighth hole, putting him at +2 on the day.

Lefty is now three strokes back of Oosthuizen (-9) through eight holes, with Bubba Watson and Peter Hanson in between at -7.

We'll keep you posted on whether Mickelson can do Sun Devil Nation proud with a late rally for his fourth Masters title.

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