Phil Mickelson Wins AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
By mustang6560 on 2/13/12
The penultimate pairing for Sunday’s round at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am featured the two biggest names in golf - Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. And we learned two things from the best pairing in golf - 1) Phil can still play and 2) Tiger is no longer the closer he used to be.

After a five-under par 67 in round three, it seemed like Tiger was poised to finally end his winless drought on the PGA Tour. But, it was Phil who turned up the heat and closed with an eight-under par 64 to showup the man who used to own him on the links.
went from a six-shot deficit to a two-shot lead in just six holes, closed with an 8-under 64 for a two-shot victory over Charlie Wi and gave Tiger Woods a thrashing at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on a Sunday not many saw coming.

Mickelson and Woods played in the second-to-last group, and Mickelson beat him by 11 shots. He won for the fourth time at Pebble Beach, and became only the ninth player in PGA TOUR history with 40 wins.

"Pebble Beach ... it feels awesome no matter what number it is," Mickelson said.
I wouldn’t go as far as to say Tiger choked in the final round because he was technically four strokes back. However, his three-over par 75 was a pitiful performance for the former world number one. What happened to the Tiger who instilled fear in the hearts and minds of his fellow competitors any time he was near the top of the leaderboard on Sunday? A few weeks ago at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, a relatively unknown European Tour player, Robert Rock, headed into the final round tied atop the leaderboard with Tiger and he left handled the pressure with ease.

There is one more takeaway for Tiger - it’s only a matter of time before he wins again. Sure, he didn’t get it done in the Middle East or in California yesterday. However, the fact Tiger was in contention on Sunday should send a message to the entire PGA Tour - win while you still can because he is very close to finding his winning ways again. And you know what they say - when it rains it pours!

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photo by Bill Spruce

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