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February 12 2012

11:26 PM

Mickelson wins AT&T Pebble Beach

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Phil Mickelson stood above the crowd of contenders in winning at Pebble Beach on Sunday.

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Phil Mickelson shot a final-round bogey-free 64, producing one of his most dominating performances in any final round of his career, to win the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am by two shots.

Mickelson finished at 17 under, two shots ahead of Charlie Wi, the 54-hole leader.

Mickelson started the day six shots off the lead, but quickly made up ground. He was 5 under through his first six holes while Wi started with a four-putt double bogey at the opening hole.

The win was the 40th in Mickelson’s PGA TOUR career and his fourth in this event. He becomes the ninth player in TOUR history to win 40 or more events.

The 64 was three shots better than any other player in the field on Sunday.

“It feels just amazing,” Mickelson said. “To be able to play the way I did the last 18 holes really means a lot.”

Mickelson’s wife, Amy, gave her husband a congratulatory hug after his final birdie putt dropped at the par-5 18th to ensure victory. “What a round!” Amy told her husband. “Are you kidding me?”

The win moves Mickelson to fifth in the FedExCup standings.

Mickelson was paired with Tiger Woods in the final round. Woods was just four shots off the lead at the start of the day, but struggled with his putting and eventually finished with a 3-over 75.

“I didn’t hit it as bad as the score indicated,” Woods said, “but I putted awful.”

Indeed. Woods missed several short putts. He gave up more than five shots to the field in Sunday, according to his Strokes Gained-Putting statistics.

“I couldn’t see my lines, couldn’t get  comfortable,” he said, adding, “I made a ton of mistakes on the greens.”

Wi rallied from his horrible start and shot even-par 72 to finish solo second. Ricky Barnes was third at 13 under, and Aaron Baddeley finished fourth at 12 under. Barnes and Baddeley each shot 67, the next lowest scores to Mickelson’s 64.

Woods finished in a tie for 15th.

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