He had a four stroke lead at the start of today's play. He was two down with three to play. He birdied two of the last three and made a par saving 6 footer on 18 to disappoint Steve Stricker and claim his 35th PGA Tour victory. Phil Mickelson did all of that in one Sunday afternoon to roller coaster his was to consecutive wins at Riviera in the Northern Trust Open.
Phil waltzed on the precipice of a huge defeat only to snatch it away from Stricker's slick 67. Stricker waited as Mickelson drained that winning 6 footer and the crowd's roar said it all. 72 was enough. Barely. Fred Couples felt the theft as well. He was a single shot behind when he fanned his 2nd shot on 18 and looked in pain as it rocketed into a eucalyptus tree, effectively ending his run at one of his favorite courses. His final round 69 placed him in a tie for 3rd with KJ Choi and Andres Romero.
So, the stage is set for this week's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Phil heads in on the wings of a victory and Tiger Woods returns from a long hiatus. All is beginning to be well in the pro golf world.
Be there this week as Average Golfer breaks down the brackets and tells you early who your money should be behind. Should be a blast.