PHIL MICKELSON continued his dominant performance at the 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open to win at a near record 28-under par.
After shaving his final hole for a 60 in the first round at the TPC Scottsdale, the 42 year old was never headed in a wire to wire four stroke victory.
His final round 5-under 67 was his worst score of the week, but the 28-under total was the equal second lowest ever in a 72 hole US PGA Tour event.
“I played really good golf,” Mickelson said after what was his 41st career title and his third win at this event. “This is how I’ve been playing for a while and it feels really good to get that golf out of me when I’m at a big tournament.”
With Tiger Woods already an early season winner last week at Torrey Pines and world No.1 Rory McIlroy off acclimatising himself to his new Nike equipment, the good form of golf’s big stars bodes well for a fascinating season. The first Major will be the US Masters in April.
“It’s important to start building momentum but it’s more important what you do closer to Augusta,” Mickelson said. “You have got to deal with some of the greatest pressure you will ever deal with at Augusta.”
Brandt Snedeker (65) was second with fellow American Scott Piercy (61) third.
Greg Chalmers (71) did the best of the Aussies, finishing tied for 36th on 11-under with Jason Day (67) 7-under and Aaron Baddeley (71) on 4-under.2013 Phoenix Open Final Leaderboard