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‘Love Him or Hate Him..’: Phil Mickelson’s Historic Run at 2023 Masters Captivates His Biggest Critic Paige Spiranac

Published 04/10/2023, 8:05 AM EDT

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The 2023 Masters ended on Sunday with 28-year-old Jon Rahm clinching the green jacket. The 87th edition of the event was a thrilling one, with several golfers faring way better than expected. Out of the eighteen LIV golfers who competed at the event, three were among the top six on the leaderboard at the end of the tournament.

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One particular performance from the Masters had an enduring impression. It is no other than three-time champion Phil Mickelson. Ahead of the tournament, he received a lot of criticism, especially for his move to the Saudi-backed LIV Golf.

However, the LIV golfer shut down his harshest detractors with a second-place finish at Augusta. Even Paige Spiranac, one of Mickelson’s biggest critics, couldn’t help but appreciate his strong outing.


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Paige Spiranac’s surprising comment on Phil Mickelson

Fans of the sport are well aware of Spiranac’s dynamics with LIV golfer Phil Mickelson. From time to time, the internet sensation has let the world know about her not-so-pleasant opinions about the golfer. However, Spiranac’s latest opinion on the golfer will come as a surprise to many.

After the six-time major champion enthralled fans and critics alike with his sensational performance on Sunday, the influencer noted that “it’s fun” to watch him play. Spiranac believes that the LIV golfer is a treat to watch regardless of whether you “love him or hate him.”


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This surprises many as the social media celebrity has often taken swipes at Mickelson in the past, especially after he blocked her on Twitter in 2021. He later blocked her on Instagram as well, according to Spiranac.

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Recently, the influencer got involved in another controversy surrounding the 52-year-old golfer. After Mickelson withdrew from the media ahead of the 2023 Masters, she expressed shock at the decision.

How did Mickelson fare at the Masters?


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Last year, the Masters regular Phil Mickelson shocked people with his decision to withdraw from the tournament. What followed was a dreadful few months for the golfer as he was dragged by fans and critics alike for his much-controversial LIV move.

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A massive change in the player’s appearance recently greatly shocked the golf world. In his 30th appearance at the Masters, however, the golfer stunned everyone with his brilliant outing. A sensational final-round 65 resulted in him tying with fellow LIV golfer Brooks Koepka for second place. The 2018 Masters winner golfer Patrick Reed finished at T4, delighting LIV golf fans.


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Written by:

Abantika Ghosh


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Abantika is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. She's a student pursuing law, having a keen interest in both sports and writing since a young age. She's been an ardent golf fan, and finds it highly gripping and calming at the same time.
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Deepika Bhaduri