Nationality: American

Date of birth: June 16 1970

Place of birth: San Diego, California

Turned pro: 1992

Last five Masters finishes: 1st (’06), 10th (’05), 1st (’04), 3rd (’03), 3rd (’02)

Mickelson has been the best player in the US Masters over the past five years. He has won twice, been placed third on a further two occasions and averaged 70.40 per round.

?Lefty? will return to Augusta ? a course he has described as among his favourites ? as defending champion and ranked third in the world. He has also suggested that he might be employing a different game strategy this time around, using Callaway?s new square driver, as he believes it allows him to hit the ball straighter.

Mickelson has had a relatively sedate opening to 2007 with disappointing performances at the WGC-Accenture Match Play and Arnold Palmer Invitational but scored a victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and T2 at the Nissan Open.

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