Monday, February 13, 2012

Phil destroys Tiger for 40th win

Mickelson overcame a 6 shot deficit starting the final day - the largest comeback of his career - to win his 40th PGA Tour victory.  This was Phil's 4th Pebble Beach title, but none was more spectacular as he blew everyone away with a final round 8-under 64, the best on the day by 3 shots.  He had 6 birdies, 1 eagle (thanks to Tony Romo's line) and no bogeys.

It was even sweeter since he was paired with Tiger, who had a 2 shot advantage over Phil to start with and lost by 9.  With the world anticipating a win, Tiger was just 1 shot off the lead at the 6th hole, but then completely collapsed, posting 5 bogeys on the day, including 3 in a row on holes 7-9.  He shot an embarrassing 75 and worse yet, missed 5 putts under 5 feet.

Since 2007, this is the 5th consecutive time that Tiger got beat head-to-head with Phil when paired in the same group on the final day.  The best part was the obvious support and affection between Phil and his wife after yet another emotional win, as Tiger could only bear witness, alone.  Serves him right.

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