Phil Mickelson makes it 2-for-2 on Champions, defeats Mike Weir in Virginia
RICHMOND, Va. – Phil Mickelson likes to play aggressively and located the PGA Tour Champions’ cease at The Nation Membership of Virginia the proper place to start his preparations for the Masters.
Bombing drives like he should do in opposition to the youthful set on the PGA Tour, Mickelson shot a 7-under 65 and have become the third participant — and second this 12 months — to win his first two begins on the tour for gamers 50 and older. He slammed the door on Mike Weir with a back-nine surge Sunday within the Dominion Vitality Charity Basic.
“It’s enjoyable for me to return out right here and play properly and it is a good begin for me as I attempt to construct somewhat little bit of momentum heading to Augusta in a few month,” Mickelson stated.
Full-field scores from the Dominion Vitality Charity Basic
He completed at 17-under 199, one off the occasion file set by Miguel Angel Jimenez final 12 months.
“I put a brand new driver into play this week, attempting to get somewhat extra pop, somewhat extra carry. It was somewhat wayward at instances, nevertheless it was additionally efficient in permitting me to play this course the way in which I wished to, which was aggressively,” Mickelson stated.
Mickelson beat fellow left-hander and second-round chief Weir by three strokes. The man rookie closed with a 71 and stated he would have contended had he putted higher.
“I haven’t been on this place shortly, however I felt very assured,” the Canadian stated. “I hit one poor tee shot on No. 7. Outdoors of that, I performed rather well and simply didn’t get something actually out of it.”
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The winner in late August at Ozarks Nationwide in Missouri in his first begin on the tour, Mickelson joined Bruce Fleischer and Jim Furyk as the one gamers to win of their first two senior occasions. Fleischer achieved the feat in 1999 and Furyk did it this 12 months with victories at The Ally Problem and Pure Insurance coverage Championship.
Mickelson stated earlier within the week he got here to Virginia to work on correct driving and aggressive health, and hoped to nonetheless be in rivalry for the closing holes.
“I felt just like the final six holes I had a chance with the 2 quick par 4s and two par 5s to make one thing occur,” he stated, noting the benefit of his size. “… I used to be in a position to have two putt birdies on three of these holes and that was very useful.”
He acquired the lead when Weir three-putted the par-3 14th inexperienced, doubled his edge with a birdie on the subsequent gap, then highlighted his distance benefit over the 2003 Masters champion by driving the inexperienced on the 274-yard, par-4 15th. He two-putted from 30 ft, then reached the par-5 16th in two and made birdie, canceling out Weir’s birdie.
Mickelson’s likelihood to work on his aggressive aspect got here instantly. He erased a three-shot deficit with birdies on three of the primary six holes whereas Weir made a string of pars, nevertheless it was on the again 9 that he was actually examined, and delighted along with his response.
After going a shot behind on the 12th gap, he pulled even at No. 13 and stored pushing.
Mickelson, who hasn’t received on the PGA Tour since early 2019 at Pebble Seaside, plans to return to the PGA Tour subsequent week for the Zozo Championship in California. After every week off, he’ll play within the Houston Open as his ultimate preparation for the Masters on Nov. 12-15.
Weir three-putted the par-5 18th, however nonetheless held on to beat Paul Goydos (65) by a shot. Bernhard Langer (67) and Brandt Jobe (68) shared fifth, 5 behind Mickelson.
It was Weir’s third top-10 end in eight begins on the tour.
“I used to be low right-hander this week,” Goydos quipped.
Robert Karlsson, one other rookie on the tour, closed with a 64 together with an albatross 2 on the ultimate gap. The ball bounced twice, then discovered the underside of the cup.