Phil Wins in Mexico
If you missed the finish Sunday of the Mexico Championship, you missed a great moment in PGA history. 47 year old Phil Michelson was the oldest in the field. He defeated red hot Justin Thomas, who is half his age on the 17th par 3, first playoff hole. Thomas, after losing a stroke on 17, made an eagle on the par 4 18th from 119 yards when stuck the ball around 6 to 7 feet above the hole with just enough backspin to drop it in the hole finishing at -16.
Although Michelson went array during a couple holes on the back nine, he was vintage Phil recovering and finishing with a final round 66 and at -16 to force a playoff, as Thomas watched from the top of the 18th green.
Starting the playoff on the par 3 17th, Thomas said his adrenaline was flowing and it showed, as he popped it over the green into the rough. Michelson stuck it around 20 feet pin high. Justin slightly chunked his shot leaving him a testy save for par, while Michelson slightly rimmed his birdie put around the back of the hole, leaving him a par putt he immediately made. Thomas would miss his par putt and Phil had won after a 4 to 5 year losing streak.
“This is a very meaningful win,” said Mickelson, who moves to third in the FedExCup. “I can’t really put it into words, given the tough times over the last four years, and the struggle to get back here and knowing that I was able to compete at this level but not doing it, and the frustration that that led to. To finally break through and to have this validation means a lot to me.”
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