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Golf Roundup: Mickelson ends drought with playoff win

Reuters
March 04. 2018 11:02PM

Phil Mickelson plays his shot from the fifth tee during the final round of the WGC - Mexico Championship golf tournament at Club de Golf Chapultepec. (Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports)



Phil Mickelson ended a five-year victory drought as he sank a par putt on the first playoff hole to defeat Justin Thomas at the WGC-Mexico Championship on Sunday.

The 47-year-old Hall of Famer had not won since the 2013 British Open.

“For it to happen here in Mexico City in a WCG event against the best players in the world is such an encouraging and validating feeling for all the lows and difficult times I have experienced the last four years,” said Mickelson, who claimed his 43rd PGA Tour triumph.

Thomas, who had waited for more than 30 minutes after a closing eagle for the playoff to start, hit first and was long on the 17th hole.

The 2017 PGA champion then missed a putt for par to end a weekend in which he had come from 11 strokes back to contend.

Mickelson and Thomas had finished regulation tied at 16-under 268 for a one-stroke lead.

Thomas, the earlier finisher, shot seven-under 64 to back up his course record 62 on Saturday.

Mickelson came home with a 66 to force the playoff at Club de Golf Chapultepec in Mexico City.

England’s Tyrrell Hatton and Spaniard Rafa Cabrera Bello both shot 67s to tie for third at 15-under 269.

Hatton had led with Mickelson and Thomas going into the last hole, but a bogey on the par-four 18th ended his hopes.

Overnight leader Shubhankar Sharma of India crashed out with five bogeys in a final-round 74 to finish tied for ninth at 274.

Wie wins in stunner

Michelle Wie drained a monster birdie putt from off the green on the final hole to record a stunning one-shot victory at the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore after a thrilling final round of low scoring and late drama on Sunday.

Wie’s seventh birdie of the day completed a bogey-free round of 65 as she finished at 17-under 271 for the tournament, a stroke ahead of American compatriots Danielle Kang and Nelly Korda, South Korea’s Jenny Shin and Canada’s Brooke Henderson.

“It was crazy, I still don’t know what’s going on right now, my head’s running at a million miles an hour,” said the 28-year-old, who led going into the final round a year ago but started five shots behind this time.

“I wanted to win really badly, especially after what happened last year, I had some unfinished business. I knew if I shot seven, eight under I’d have a chance and that was my one and only goal.”

The victory was Wie’s first since she claimed the 2014 U.S. Open title, the American pumping her fist and galloping towards the green as her 45-foot putt dropped into the heart of the cup before she had an anxious wait for the final group to finish.

Overnight leader Korda nailed her approach to within nine feet on the last but the teenager’s putt to get into a playoff drifted right as her hopes of following up sister Jessica’s win in Thailand last week evaporated.


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