February 12 2012
Watch: Mickelson birdies No. 5
Phil Mickelson birdied the fifth hole in Sunday's final round at Pebble Beach.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are paired together in Sunday’s final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Woods started the day four shots behind 54-hole leader Charlie Wi; Mickelson is six back. PGATOUR.COM’s Brian Wacker is following the Woods-Mickelson pairing at Pebble Beach and will provide live reports from inside the course.
6:17 p.m.: CBS cameras caught Amy Mickelson’s comments as she gave Phil a congratulatory hug. “What a round!” Amy said. “Are you kidding me?”
6:08 p.m.: That 4-iron worked, by the way. Another perfect 4-iron, then a wedge to 5 feet, 3 inches for birdie, which he of course rolled in. That capped a dominating day for Mickelson, who shot a bogey-free 8-under 64 to win his 40th TOUR event. No other player in the field shot better than 67 on Sunday. “It feels just amazing,” Mickelson told CBS. “To be able to play the way I did the last 18 holes really means a lot.” Meanwhile, Tiger had a three-putt par to finish with a 3-over 75. As much as Phil will remember the day, Tiger will try to quickly forget it.
5:53 p.m. – Fascinating conversation between Mickelson and his caddie, Bones Mackay on the par-5 18th tee. Mackay noted that the bunker is 240 yards away. “I love a 4-iron here,” Mackay said. Asked Mickelson: “In this cold weather, is 4-iron enough?” Mackay replied with a confident yes. “I like a good, aggressive 4-iron.” Mackay also made it a point to tell Mickelson that his lead was about to be reduced to two shots, after Charlie Wi just hit his tee shot stiff at the par-3 17th to set up a birdie.
5:43 p.m.: After a par at the 17th, Phil Mickelson will step onto the 18th tee with a three-shot lead. He’ll have plenty of time to contemplate what will be his 40th PGA TOUR win. The group ahead of him has yet to tee off.
5:35 p.m.: Brian Wacker reports: “Heard inside the ropes at the tee box at the 17th: "I love you Phil!" one fan exclaimed. Phil turned and acknowledged the fan with a smile. That got a pretty good rise out of the crowd.”
5:30 p.m.: With a par at the 16th and Charlie Wi suffering a bogey at the 15th, Mickelson is ready to go into cruise control. He has a three-shot lead over Ricky Barnes, who’s playing the 18th. Meanwhile, Tiger ended his bogey string at two with a par at the 16th. He’s now 3 over on his round.
5:21 p.m. On CBS, Nick Faldo noted that if Phil and Tiger were playing match play, Phil would’ve beaten Tiger 7 and 5.
5:15 p.m.: Phil simply looks unshakable. Facing a 38-foot putt to save par at the par-4 15th, Mickelson calmly rolls it home to maintain his three-shot lead over Ricky Barnes and Charlie Wi. He knew it was good halfway there, raising his putter as it tracked toward the hole. Meanwhile, Tiger missed a three-footer to save his par. That’s four makeable putts that Tiger has missed today.
5:02 p.m.: Quick fact : If Mickelson wins today, it will be the ninth consecutive year he’s won a PGA TOUR event. He’ll also become the ninth player to ever produce 40 or more PGA TOUR wins.
4:56 p.m. Brian Wacker reports: “Absolutely nothing is going right for Tiger, who pulled his approach into the gallery on No. 14 then watched as his delicate chip rolled back off the green. It was another bogey for Woods, while Phil made birdie after sucking back another approach shot to a few feet. You get the feeling this crowd is ready to crown fan favorite Phil.” Although Mickelson hasn’t put away all his chasers just yet, the door was likely slammed on Woods, who’s seven shots off the pace now. Mickelson leads his nearest challengers by three shots with four to play.
4:35 p.m.: Brian Wacker reports: “Huge momentum now for Phil. After that big par save on 12, he bounced his second shot to kick-in distance on the par-4 13th. The shot was something you'd see at British Open and paid off in the form of a very, very big birdie and the fans around here know it. Tiger nearly dropped a 60-1/2 footer from off the green to keep pace -- he's been better from 50 feet than 5 feet, one member of the media said -- but he had to settle for a par as the ball just stayed to the right.” Mickelson now leads by two shots with five to play. Tiger’s five back.
4:18 p.m.: Dramatic stuff by both players at the par-3 12th after some shaky tee shots. Phil’s tee shot may have been hit by a gust of wind and it ended up in the rough left of the green. Meanwhile, Tiger’s tee shot landed in a greenside bunker. Phil’s wedge landed 30-1/2 feet from the pin. Tiger then followed by holing his bunker shot for birdie – just his second birdie of the day. But with Tiger on the verge of getting a two-shot swing on the hole, Mickelson answered by rolling in his lengthy putt to save par. The average pro makes that putt just 7 percent of the time, and Mickelson knew it was a key putt as he clinched his fist. “Very nice putt,” Tiger said as Phil walked by. The putt enabled Mickelson to maintain his one-shot lead over Kevin Streelman. Tiger’s four back.
4:03 p.m.: Facing a tricky birdie putt, Phil safely navigates it close enough for a tap-in par at the par-4 11th. Meanwhile, Tiger thought his birdie attempt was going to drop, but it veered off late. A frustrated Tiger flipped his club in the air and caught it on the way down. Phil still leads Kevin Streelman by one shot and Charlie Wi by two.
3:50 p.m.: Brian Wacker reports: “One reason why they love Phil: He just gave one of his golf balls to a little girl as he made his way to the 11th tee.”
3:40 p.m.: Brian Wacker reports: “Tiger has dropped his club several times Sunday after errant shots and just did so again on No. 10 after hitting his tee ball into the left fairway bunker. I'm still not sure if he's feeling well I'll but he has twice ducked into the men’s room and his body language has at times been lethargic. Of course it could be his score, too. The front nine at Pebble is the easier of the two sides. And now he nearly hit OB right on his second on No. 10. His next shot was short of the green too.”
3:28 p.m. – Phil and Tiger have finished their front nines. What a start for Mickelson – he went out in 5-under 31 and is now the tournament leader. Meanwhile, Woods has been unable to find his game. He’s suffered three consecutive bogeys to finish his front nine in 38 and is now at 9 under for the tournament. That’s five shots behind Mickelson, who’s at 14 under and looking firmly in control.
3:27 p.m. – Brian Wacker reports: “Tiger is really struggling with the putter today. After hitting into a greenside bunker and pitching put to about 8 feet on No. 9, he badly missed his par save below the hole for a third bogey in a row. Phil hasn't missed anything -- a fairway or green -- all day and two-putted for par to turn in 5 under. When he got to the 10th tee, there was a huge cheer for Mickelson, who could be headed for his fourth career win here.”
3:21 p.m.: Fred Albers on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio just noted that Tiger “is having a few mechanical problems.” Added John Maginnes: “Often times when your putter lets you down, it starts to creep into the rest of your bag.” Said Nick Faldo on CBS’ coverage: “All of a sudden, he’s just lost confidence in his golf swing.”
3:19 p.m.: Brian Wacker reports: “Spotted inside the ropes: Tony Romo's wife Candice Crawford. She's had plenty to cheer about, too, with Romo practically outplaying his pro partner Tiger Woods.”
3:10 p.m.: Brian Wacker reports: “The best shot on No. 8? It wasn't from Tiger or Phil. It was from Tony Romo, who stuck it to tap-in range to draw some big and well-deserved applause -- until Phil's amateur partner, Skip McGee, stuck Romo’s ball on his approach. Not to worry, Romo's ball goes back to where it was.” Meanwhile, Phil ends up with par after nearly chipping in for birdie. Tiger also had a chip and couldn’t get up-and-down, suffering his second consecutive bogey.”
2:55 p.m.: At the iconic par-3 seventh, Mickelson’s tee shot lands inside 13 feet, but he missed the birdie attempt. Tiger’s tee shot landed inside 20 feet. But after missing the birdie attempt, he also missed the 3-foot comebacker for par. That’s just Tiger’s sixth bogey of the week, and it leaves him three shots behind Mickelson.
2:40 p.m.: Brian Wacker reports: “Huge roar for Phil Mickelson after an eagle on par-5 sixth to take the lead at Pebble Beach. He looks locked in. Phil is now at 14 under, two shots ahead of Tiger Woods, Kevin Streelman and Charlie Wi.”
2:25 p.m.: Phil Mickelson now has a share of the lead after Charlie Wi just bogeyed the fifth hole. Mickelson and Wi are at 12 under (Kevin Na was also at 12 under until he just bogeyed the sixth hole). With Mickelson now on the par-5 sixth, he could have the lead outright in a few minutes.
2:14 p.m.: Brian Wacker reports: “Just saw Charles Schwab, who has a nice view of No. 5 from his backyard. Schwab must be enjoying Sunday’s developments. He's good friends with Phil and has played as his pro-am partner in this tournament before.”
2:11 p.m.: Brian Wacker reports: “Phil has always said that playing with or against Tiger brings out his best golf. Well, we're seeing it here with Mickelson now one back after three birdies in his first five holes. His tee shot on No. 5 was so good it did everything but go in the hole. Tiger, meanwhile, is still birdie-less after his 12-footer inexplicably slid by after tracking at the hole.”
2:05 p.m.: Brian Wacker reports: “The fourth green and fifth tee are about 20 yards apart here. As Phil was about to tee off on No. 5, his caddie Bones Mackay backed him off, since Charlie Wi was about to hit his approach shot in the final group behind him. When Mickelson did hit, he stuck it and drew a "nice shot" from Tiger, who then hit and barely reached the green on the par 3.”
1:57 p.m.: Brian Wacker reports: “The fourth green at Pebble Beach is one of the smallest on TOUR, and it sits hard against the cliff. Tiger hit an indifferent approach from inside 100 yards that barely made the green, then left his birdie attempt short. Phil flew over the flag and spun back to 15 feet and he made the birdie. The weather, by the way, is getting more raw with these next few holes tight against the coastline. It's 52 degrees out right now but definitely feels about 5 degrees colder than that.”
1:44 p.m.: Brian Wacker reports: “The tees are all the way up on No. 4, which means the pros and ams are playing from the same box. Tiger and Phil both hit irons to set up a wedge second shot, but Tony Romo decided to go for it with driver. As Woods left the tee box ,he yelled to Romo to have fun as he tried to drive the green. Alas, Romo didn't make it, coming up short in the left fairway bunker.”
1:35 p.m.: Brian Wacker reports: “Pretty nice job by Tony Romo on the short par-4 third. While Tiger and Phil took the conservative approach by trying to play to the fairway, Romo busted a driver all the way into the left greenside bunker. He pitched out to near tap-in distance to the right side flag and drew some big applause. Meanwhile, Woods and Mickelson each finished with pars.”
1:20 p.m.: Phil Mickelson drove the par-5 second in two while Tiger Woods hit a nice third shot to within six feet. But while Mickelson’s hard-charging eagle putt from 52 feet lipped out to set up an easy birdie, Woods missed his birdie opportunity and had to settle for a disappointing par. Woods had entered the final round 8 under on the par 5s this week while Mickelson was 4 under. But Phil gets the upper hand on the first par 5 Sunday.
1:08 p.m.: Brian Wacker reports: “I don't know if Tiger is under the weather or not, but he seems to be walking slowly and his body language indicates he might be. He also thought about going for the green from the fairway bunker with a fairway wood but then backed off and laid up with an iron. Meanwhile word just circulated about Wi’s double bogey, meaning Tiger is just two back now. There are no scoreboards out here yet though so he doesn't know it.”
1:04 p.m.: 54-hole leader Charlie Wi just opened with a double bogey at the first hole. Things just got even more interesting. Or as Peter Oosterhuis just said on the Golf Channel: “Everything’s changed.”
1:02 p.m.: Brian Wacker reports: “Tiger and Phil had a brief chat on the second tee after both players tees off following an eight-minute wait for the fairway to clear on the par-5. I don't know what was said but both look pretty stoic. One thing was clear: Woods was not happy when his ball found the right fairway bunker.”
12:49 p.m.: Well, it didn't take long for there to be a backup -- just one hole with Tiger and Phil having to wait as they got to the second tee. That's the nature of a celebrity pro-am sometime, and both players understand that with Tiger talking about understanding it coming in and needing to be patient.
12:44 p.m.: Phil and Tiger both yelled for their approach shots on No. 1 to stop, an they did, with Phil hitting the green and Tiger coming up just short. Tiger studied his putt for a long time, first from behind the ball and then from the hole back. As loose as both players seem to be early, the intensity is still palpable. Woods gave a deep knee-bend as he almost holed his lengthy birdie attempt. Phil slid his putt by as well and both made par.
12:29 p.m.: Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are the two biggest stars in the game so it's no wonder there's a swarm of fans circling the practice green and first tee here at Pebble Beach, where it's overcast and cool with the temperature barely cracking 50 degrees. That hasn't dampened the fans' spirits however. The gallery is already eight deep. Inside the ropes there are more than 50 people between officials, TV personnel and reporters. Tiger and Phil are both at the tee. Here we go ... both use an iron off the tee, and both are in the fairway.