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Posts Tagged ‘“Lefty”.’

It took 20 years, but Mickelson wins in Europe & Scottish Open

Phil Mickelson with PGA commissioner Tim Finchem in 2007 (photo by minds-eye via wikipedia commons)

It took 20 years for Phil Mickelson to win an event in Europe.

The 43-year-old California native birdied the first playoff hole to fend off Branden Grace and win the Scottish Open in Inverness on the European Tour.

Mickelson could’ve won the match in regulation, but three-putted the 72nd hole.

In the playoff, “Lefty” took control immediately, hitting a shot from 45 yards that landed within a foot of the 18th pin, leaving Grace with a 25-footer to match him. Grace’s putt rolled past the hole.

2011 Memorial Tournament: SPORTS SPOTLIGHT: Phil Mickelson Interview

Phil Mickelson (megasportsnews.com photo)

“Lefty” Phil Mickelson loves to play the Muirfield Village golf course. He really doesn’t play well in the Memorial Tournament.

Mickelson has played in the tournament five of the past six years, but he has never been among the leaders on Sunday.

The 40-year-old from San Diego, is the world’s number 4 golfer. He has played in 11 Memorials and his best finish is a tie for fourth in 2006.

In 2011, Mickelson has won one tournament, the Shell Houston Open in late March, early April. He is sixth in FedEx Cup points with 1,190 good for $2,362,152.

In golf statistics, Mickelson is 10th in all-around ranking with 373, 3rd in Birdie average at 4.45 and his world golf ranking of fourth with 6.18 points.

The 6’3, 200-pounder, is a graduate of Arizona State University. He turned pro in 1992 and has 47 professional wins and four majors. His 39 PGA Tour wins rank tied for 10th.

 

 

 

 

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Houston Open won by Mickelson

 

Phil Mickelson (photo courtesy of Columbus Wired)

Phil Mickelson outdueled and pulled away from Scott Verplank to win the Houston Open tournament in Humble, Texas for his first win since the Masters in April of 2010.

Mickelson and Verplank were playing in the final pairing, tied at 13-under-par.

From that point, Lefty as he is called, got rolling with five straight birdies between holes number 9 and 13. He sewed up the tournament with a birdie on the par-3 16th hole, dropping his tee shot within 5 feet while Verplank bogeyed the hole.

McDowell leads U.S. Open but Mickelson is on his heels

compiled from staff and wire reports

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland, who set the early pace with a 3-under-par 68 to take a two-shot lead, into the weekdend was tough for Phil Mickelson to catch even on a good day for Lefty.

McDowell was at 3-under-par 139 and he had a bogey on the final hole that assured 60-year-old Tom Watson of two more rounds in what probably will be his final U.S. Open.

Graeme McDowell (pga)

Mickelson had several birdies to put himself in line for a U.S. Open Championship.

On Thursday, Mickelson could not make any birdies, but on an overcast Friday, Mickelson made six of them.

With five birdies in a seven-hole stretch early in his round, Mickelson shot a tournament-best 66 and joined a shrinking group of five players who have beaten par over two days at Pebble Beach.

Mickelson was joined at 1-under 141 by two former U.S. Open champion Ernie Els (68), 18-year-old Ryo Ishikawa (71) and Dustin Johnson (70), who has won the last two times in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and is right at homer in the tough playing conditions.

Phil Mickelson (Joel Torres and Columbus Wired Photo)

Tiger Woods is lurking and believes he is still in the mix. He just needs a few more birdies and to sink more putts to move up to the top five where he is sure to be dangerous.

He had a 1-over-par 72 which left him seven shots back. Woods has never won a major where he was trailing more than six shots going into the weekend.

Mickelson wins 2010 Masters; Tiger finishes 4th and will take time off again

compiled from staff and wire reports

“Lefty” as he is called on tour got a long awaited break on Sunday.

Phil Mickelson won his third Masters title, shooting a 5-under-67 to pull away for a three-stroke win over England’s Lee Westwood.

Even better than winning the green jacket for Mickelson was seeing his wife waiting behind the 18th green at Augusta National.

Amy Mickelson had not been at a golf tournament since being dianosed with breast cancer 11 months ago and his golf game was being affected by it. Furthermore, his mother, Mary Mickelson, was diagnosed with breast cancer in July.

Phil Mickelson (PGA)

Determined to win the Masters for his family, Mickelson made two remarkable par saves from trees, seized control with a 15-foot birdie putt in the heart of Amen Corner and then made a gutsy play with a 6-iron off the pine straw and over Rae’s Creek on the par-5 13th hole to set up a birdie. It was the kind of shot that was brought Mickelson so much criticism for taking unnecessary risks.

His final birdie only mattered on the scorecard, 16-under-272, the lowest by a Masters champion since Tiger Woods in 2001. Mickelson had this won as he walked up the 18th fairway to a massive ovation.

Tiger Woods performed as though his five-month hiatus never happened. He broke par all four rounds, closed with a 69 and tied for fourth with South Korea’s K.J. Choi, five shots behind. Tiger told CBS Sports analyst Peter Kostis after the match that he’ll take some more time off to evaluate his game and situation.

For Lee Westwood, this was his best chance at winning a major, but he failed to make putts to stay in contention.

Anthony Kim closed with a 65, the best score of the tournament, and finished alone in third.

Mickelson became the eighth player with at least three Masters titles, and it was the fourth major of his career, breaking out of a pack that had included South Africa’s Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington of Ireland and Fiji’s Vijay Singh from his generation.