Mickelson made seven birdies and two bogeys, the second coming after he hit a tree with his second shot at the par-5 11th hole. His ball caromed into the tangled greenery separating the club from busy Avenida de Conscripto, and Mickelson identified it before punching out. His ball bounced off a spectator, and he nearly got up and down for par. Thomas holed out from 119 yards to eagle 18 and get to 16-under, but Mickelson birdied 15 and 16 to match him.
Thomas was trying to win for the third time this season and become the first player since David Duval in 1997 to win consecutive TOUR events in playoffs. Mickelson won for the 16th time after trailing heading into the final round. He ran his playoff record to 8-4.
“I said earlier that if I couldn’t win, I want Phil to win, and I stand by that,” said Rahm, whose college coach and former agent was Tim Mickelson. “This is an emotional win for him, and it’s emotional for me, too. He’s not just one of the greatest players and personalities, he’s one of the greatest people ever to play the game.”
For several months, Mickelson insisted he was close to winning again, and he wasn’t the only one who saw it coming. Steele, the Safeway Open champion, said he noticed
Article source: https://www.pgatour.com/news/2018/03/04/Phil-mickelson-breaks-through-world-golf-championships-mexico-win.html
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