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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.

Clarke named European Tour Golfer of the Month

 

Darren Clarke (photo by Paddy Briggs via wikipedia commons)

Darren Clarke has been named the 2011 Dubai European Tour Golfer of the Month for July following his victory at The 140th Open Championship.

Clarke will receive an engraved alms dish and a jeroboam of Moet & Chandon champagne in honor of his achievement.

The 42-year-old Northern Irishman produced a links masterpiece to win at Royal St. George’s in Kent to win the first Major Championship of his career by three shots from the American duo of Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson.

He has catapulted back into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking and Amongst the game’s elite after his overwhelmingly popular win at Sandwich.

With Clarke winning his first Major, it made him the only realistic winner of The Race to Dubai Golfer of the Month Award for July, the first time the Northern Irishman had won the monthly award since 2003, following his triumph at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Clarke’s name has been added to an illustrious list of Race to Dubai Golfer of the Month winners in 2011, following Martin Kaymer in January, Luke Donald in February and May, Paul Lawrie in March, Charl Schwartzel in April and Rory McIlroy in June.

Clarke will now join the past award winners of 2011 to be considered for the year’s Race to Dubai European Tour Golfer of the Year Award, which was won jointly by Graeme McDowell and Kaymer in 2010.

 

Info courtesy of the European Tour

 

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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Without Tiger, Memorial has six of top 10 golfers in 2011 lineup

 

 

(courtesy of Memorial Tournament)

Tiger Woods will not play in the 2011 Memorial Tournament but six of the top 10 golfers in the world ranking will play at Muirfield Village Golf Club.

The field of 120 players will include Luke Donald, Matt Kuchar, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Masters champion Charl Schwartzel and Steve Stricker.

Woods did not enter the tournament after aggravating injuries to his left knee and Achilles tendon during the Players Championship two weeks ago.

Schwartzel will be the only reigning major champion in the field.

There are three former Memorial winners who are now playing on the Champions Tour that will play this year, Kenny Perry, a three-time champion, Tom Lehman and Fred Couples.

The tournament officially starts on Thursday.

The ceremony honoring 2011 honoree Nancy Lopez starts this afternoon (Tuesday, May 31) at 3 p.m.

The Nationwide Invitational pro-am is at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

You can follow the tournament and get news online at memorialtournament.com.

 

Info courtesy of the Memorial Tournament & PGA Tour

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.

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