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Phil Mickelson wins Phoenix Open by four shots

Published on Feb 4, 2013 7:45 AM
 
Phil Mickelson poses for photographers with the championship trophy after winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. -- PHOTO : AP

(REUTERS) - Phil Mickelson held off a last-day charge by fellow American and playing partner Brandt Snedeker to end a week of scintillating golf with a four-shot triumph at the Phoenix Open in Scottsdale, Arizona on Sunday.

Left-hander Mickelson birdied three of the last six holes to close with a four-under-par 67 at the TPC Scottsdale, completing a wire-to-wire victory with a record-tying 28-under total of 256 to clinch his 41st PGA Tour title.

The 42-year-old Californian, who never relinquished his grip after taking control of the tournament with a stunning first-round 60, joined Arnold Palmer, Gene Littler and Mark Calcavecchia as triple winners of the Phoenix Open.

Mickelson sank a 14-footer at the 17th for his fifth birdie of the day, then safely two-putted for par at the last before removing his cap and giving a thumbs-up to the fans crammed around the 18th green.

 
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