Phil Mickelson beats Tiger Woods

40th win for PGA veteran at Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

WRITTEN BY: Kara Menini
Phil Mickelson at Muirfield Village
Image Source: Ed (supergolfdude) via Flickr
Phil Mickelson at Muirfield Village

No one expected Phil Mickelson to take out Tiger Woods this weekend at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Tournament.  The two PGA stars were paired for Sunday’s events in California. 

Phil Mickelson started out the day two strokes behind Woods, putting the pair in third and fourth place in the tournament.  The leader, Charlie Wi, started off at 15 under par giving himself a six stroke lead over Mickelson.  In trying to bypass the golf jargon, Mickelson’s win, from six strokes behind the lead to closing the tournament with a two stroke lead, was not expected. His excellent putting was a big factor in his win, but Phil Mickelson gives credit to his wife.  SBNation reports that on Friday, Mickelson’s wife gave him the pep talk that brought him his win, “She said, ‘Come on now, cheer up, let’s go make some birdies,’ she was so positive, and it just changed my attitude, playing one of my favorite courses.  It was really and attitude change that she instilled coming out with her bubbly, positive attitude that got me going.  I told her in the car that it wouldn’t have been possible without that talk.”  Phil Mickelson earned $1.152 million for his 17 under par win.

The Huffington Post quoted Mickelson about his 40th win, “Pebble Beach…it feels awesome no matter what number it is.”

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