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May 20 2012

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Mickelson makes noise on ‘fun day’

Watch: Mickelson birdies the 12th

Phil Mickelson rolled in a birdie putt from 14 feet, 10 inches at the 12th hole during Sunday's final round.


By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM

IRVING, Texas -- Phil Mickelson started Sunday's final round six shots off the pace and figuring he had little chance to make a legitimate run at the lead. But perhaps if he made a little noise ...

... which he did.

But it still wasn't enough.

Mickelson reeled off four consecutive birdies on the front nine and would eventually climb into a tie for third at one point early on his back nine, just two strokes off the lead.

But pressing hard for birdies on the last two holes to give himself any shot, Mickelson finished bogey-bogey for a final-round 4-under 66 and a tie for seventh at 6 under, five shots behind eventual winner Jason Dufner.

"I had a great day today," Mickelson said. "The wind was calm and left the golf course susceptible to birdies. I got hot with the putter. I didn't knock down the pins but I gave myself some putts and made a few and it was nice to see some of them going in."

During his four-birdie streak, Mickelson made putts of 11 feet, 7 feet, 11 feet and 30 feet, then added another 15-footer at the 12th hole. His short birdie putt at the par-5 16th kept his slim hopes alive.

But after a terrific tee shot at the par-3 17th, he missed a birdie putt from 14 feet, 4 inches, and that seemed to deflate him. The par-saving comebacker spun around the lip, and Mickelson's bid was done. At 18, he found the water with his second shot before nearly holing his par-saving chip.

"I had a chance for a good putt and when I missed it, certainly I was disappointed," Mickelson said about his birdie putt at 17. "I felt like if I could get the last two, you never know."

Overall, Mickelson enjoyed his first start in this event since 2007. His young daughter Sophie flew into town, and the two were able to spend quality time together.

"It was a great week," Mickelson said. "It was my date weekend with my daughter, Sophie. We took in (two Texas) Rangers games, Six Flags, water parks, all kinds of things and had a great week."

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