Phil Mickelson Wins In PGA Tour Champions Debut

Mickelson tied the lowest total in PGA Tour Champions history, shooting 191 and 22 under for three rounds

Phil Mickelson Wins In PGA Tour Champions Debut
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Mickelson tied the lowest total in PGA Tour Champions history, shooting 191 and 22 under for three rounds

Phil Mickelson Wins In PGA Tour Champions Debut

Phil Mickelson became the second man to win on his PGA Tour Champions debut since 2014, doing just what Jim Furyk did earlier this month.

The 50-year-old dominated the Charles Schwab Series at Ozarks National, winning wire-to-wire by four strokes after opening with a 61 on Monday.

He began his final round with two birdies in his opening four holes before driving the par-4 5th green and making the eagle putt.

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Lefty only committed to play after missing out on the BMW Championship in the FedEx Cup Playoffs and it turned out to be a great decision.

Earlier this year he said that whilst he’s still hitting ‘bombs’, his priority is the PGA Tour, and he showed he still has plenty of game for the main tour.

Mickelson made 24 birdies and an eagle over the three rounds to shoot 22 under par for a 191 total, matching the lowest score in PGA Tour Champions history.

““I wasn’t as sharp the back nine. I got off to a good start, though, fortunately to build enough cushion," Mickelson said after closing with a level par back nine to shoot 66.

"I really enjoyed seeing all the guys again, seeing how they were so accommodating and fun. It’s fun for me to compete. I got to shoot scores and compete.

“There was a lot of good, and there were things I identified I’ve got to work on."

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Mickelson will now try and emulate both Fred Funk and Craig Stadler who won on the PGA Tour after winning on the over-50s circuit.

Lefty will definitely still feel like he can win on the main tour, especially after he finished T2nd at the recent WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational.

The Californian is teeing it up at the Safeway Open in two weeks in what is the start of the 20/21 PGA Tour season before Winged Foot, where he'll look to complete the career grand slam.

Mickelson missed out on winning the US Open at Winged Foot in 2006 after he double-bogeyed the 72nd hole.

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV