Going into this week, all the talk was about Tiger Woods making his season debut at the Pebble Beach Pro Am. There wasn’t much mention about Phil Mickelson. That all changed Sunday.
The lefty won the PGA's Pebble Beach Pro-Am for the fourth time in his career.
Said Mickelson at winning at Pebble again: "Pebble Beach...it feels awesome no matter what the number is."
Mickelson and Woods played in the same group on the final round for only the tenth time. Charli Wi took a three shot lead into the final round. Wi four putted on the first green for a double bogie.
Mickelson started the day six back. On the sixth hole, he made the eagle putt to get to 14 under par. And just like that, in six holes he went from six down to a two-shot lead.
Like Wi, woods had some putting issues. He missed short birdie putts on three consecutive holes. This is a Tiger Woods with which we are not familiar.
Mickelson shot a 31 on the front nine whereas Woods shot a two over 38.
On the 12th hole, Woods was about to make his move. From the bunker to the cup -- a nifty little birdie effort to get within four.
Mickelson shot a 30-footer to save par. He saved par. Could have easily been a two or three shot swing. Instead, Phil stayed in command.
He made close to 150 feet of putts.
For good measure, he birdied the 18th hole. A tidy 64.
Three shots better then the next best round.
Wi shot a final round 72 to finish solo second. Woods shot a final round 75 to finish tied for 15th.
Mickelson gets his 40th career win. The 9th player with 40 or more wins.