By petedirenzo
Sunday, February 19, 2012

Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley made dramatic putts on 18 to force a playoff with Bill Haas at the Northern Trust Open. After three pars on the first playoff hole, No. 18, the playoff moved to No. 10, a drivable par 4. No one hit the green, and all three left themselves tough chip shots. Haas was the only one to get his second shot on the green, and he sank a long putt of about 40 feet to win. Second Playoff hole, No. 10 (312-yard par 4) Mickelson hooks it into the rough on this drivable par 4. Has a bunker between his ball and the hole. McCord says dropping it out of Snoopy II is the only way to get it close. Bradley hits it in the bunker that Phil's behind. Haas goes into left rough.
Haas was away and had a terrible lie. Instead of risking a shot into the sand, he hits it safe and leaves himself 40 feet for birdie. Mickelson, out of a perfect lie, drops a 64-degree nearly in the hole, but it rolls over the back and into a bunker. Nearly impossible shot. Bradley's sand shot is brilliant and barely rolls over the back of the green. He'll putt from the fringe for birdie.
Haas is on the green but he's away, farther from the hole than Mickelson, who's in the bunker. His bomb of a birdie putt falls in! Mickelson's sand shot, with the pin pulled, dribbles short. He's out. Bradley burns the edge and Haas is our winner. First Playoff hole, No. 18 (475-yard par 4) All three players hit nice drives in the fairway. Mickelson, well back of Bradley and Haas after a 287-yard drive, hits it on from 206 yards but has a long birdie putt. Haas hits his approach fat and short of the green. Bradley is closest though just off the back of the green, maybe an inch onto the fringe.
Haas chips it close though the announcers thought it was fat. About 5 feet left for his par. Mickelson comes up short, knee-knocker for his par. Bradley's birdie try burns the edge. They all make their putts and head to No. 10 for the second playoff hole.

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