Phil Mickelson breaks through at WGC-Mexico Championship

MEXICO CITY – Phil Mickelson kept saying he was close.

It turns out Lefty was right.

Mickelson, who hadn’t won since capturing the 2013 British Open, ended nearly five years of frustration and the longest drought of his career Sunday when he toppled Justin Thomas in a playoff to win the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship at Club de Golf Chapultepec.

Beginning the day two shots out of the lead, Mickelson closed with a 5-under-par 66 to finish at 16 under with Thomas, who shot 64. Mickelson lipped out his birdie attempt from 18 feet on the first playoff hole, the 172-yard, par-3 17th, and then watched Thomas, who had gone long, miss his 10-footer for par.

Mickelson, the oldest player in the field at 47, won for the 43rd time on the PGA Tour. He had finished in ties for fifth, second and sixth in his last three starts and kept saying he was back to playing some of the best golf of

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