After a fantastic wedge shot to within 10 feet out of the left rough on the 72nd hole, Phil Mickelson did sink the following putt to win his 34th PGA Tour title and second of the 2008 season by a single shot from Australia’s Rod Pampling and Tim Clark from South Africa.
Phil Mickelson did win a prize money of $1,098,000 and 2,500 FedEx Cup Points to climb to number two in the FedEx Cup Rankings (behind Tiger Woods who is still sitting out from competitive golf after a knee surgery several weeks ago).
Phil shot rounds of 65, 68, 65 and 68 for a total of 266 (-14) at the Par 70 course at the Colonial Country Club in Forth Worth, TX. He did already win the Northern Trust Open in February. Lefty is the only player on the PGA Tour to have multiple victories in each of the past five seasons.
But what will be most remembered from this tournament was Mickelson’s remarkable wedge shot on the last hole: After pushing his drive left (remember: Phil plays golf left-handed) into thick rough on the 433-yard par four closing hole, he made a perfect swing that barely cleared the greenside bunker and landed within 10 feet of the cup. A few minutes later, Lefty casually rolled in his final putt of the tournament and gave a “high-five” to caddy Jim “Bones” McKay. At that time, Pampling had already missed his bid for birdie and thereby his chance to win one of the most prestigious tournaments on tour.
When asked about the shot in a post-round interview, Mickelson said that he hit the ball perfectly and said it was probably among the best five shots of his career.
Congratulations to Phil - what a great tournament and what an exciting finish! I hope that this victory will be a booster for his confidence and that Phil will be able to give Tiger a run for his money during the rest of the 2008 campaign. The next face-to-face of the two golf superstars will most likely happen during the US Open at Torrey Pines (June 9-15, 2008).