February 3 2013
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Should Phil Mickelson go on to win the Waste Management Phoenix Open, he'll head to his title defense at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am this week with considerable momentum.
A win at TPC Scottsdale would continue two trends for Mickelson, too.
His third Waste Management Phoenix Open title would be his 19th on the West Coast swing, which always seems to set the tone for the rest of Mickelson's season. It would also make 2013 the 10th straight year in which Mickelson has won a PGA TOUR event, the longest streak on TOUR.
Here are some of the other records he's pursing on Sunday.
>>> Lowest 72-hole score in PGA TOUR history: 254 (Tommy Armour, 26-under, 2003 Valero Texas Open)
>>> Lowest 72-hole score in Waste Management Phoenix Open history: 256 (Mark Calcavecchia, 28-under, 2001)
>>> Largest winning margin at the Waste Management Phoenix Open: 14 strokes, Johnny Miller, 1975
>>> Largest winning margin on the PGA TOUR: 16 strokes: J. Douglas Edgar (1919 Canadian Open)
By comparison, Mickelson’s career-best 13-stroke win at the 2006 Bellsouth Classic is tied for eighth all-time