Phil Mickelson wins with commanding performance at Pebble Beach as Tiger Woods falters

Monday February 13th, 2012

P1-blog-PM-TW-Jeff-Gross-GeWhen Phil Mickelson started the final round at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, he seemed like a long shot to win the event. By the time he finished the front nine, he seemed like a lock. 
Mickelson was nine under, six shots behind leader Charlie Wi, after 54 holes, but he charged out of the gate with birdies on three of the first five holes and an eagle on the par-5 sixth. As Mickelson climbed the leaderboard with a 31 on the front to get to 14 under, his competitors fell all around him.
Wi four-putted the first hole for a double bogey and was 12 under after going out in 39. Tiger Woods, paired with Mickelson in the second-to-last group, bogeyed the last three holes on the front nine to fall to nine under. Duke also fell back with a front-nine 37.
Mickelson never let up, shooting a bogey-free 64 to finish 17 under, two shots clear of Wi. It was Mickelson's 40th PGA Tour victory and his fourth win at this event.
Woods, whose game has showed improvement in recent months, was again unable to finish a tournament with a victory. His three-over 75 left him at eight under, tied for 15th.
When asked about playing with Woods, Mickelson said it helped.
"I am inpsired playing with him, and I think most people are," Mickelson said. "He seems to bring out the best in me."
When asked about Woods's game, he was complimentary.
"He was hitting it so solid, you could tell his game was really close," Mickelson said. More on Mickelson's win | Round 4 photos (Photo: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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