• Mickelson wins on Champions Tour debut

    Phil Mickelson
    Phil Mickelson

    Phil Mickelson became the 20th player to win on his PGA Champions Tour debut after claiming a five-stroke victory at the Charles Schwab Series at Ozark National.

    Mickelson hit the field quite forcefully after starting the event with a spectacular 10-under-par 61 on Monday before adding a second-round 64, which gave him a four-shot lead ahead of the final day’s play on Wednesday.

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    The five-time Major champion kept his composure in typical Mickelson fashion and signed off in style with a five-under-par 66 to conclude on 22 under par for the week.

    ‘I wasn’t as sharp the back nine,’ Mickelson said about his final round.

    ‘I got off to a good start, though, fortunately to build enough cushion. I really enjoyed seeing all the guys again, seeing how they were so accommodating and fun. It’s fun for me to compete. I got to shoot scores and compete.’

    Mickelson entered the competition after failing to make the cut at last week’s The Northern Trust on the PGA Tour in Boston and he remains as determined as ever to perform even better.

    ‘There was a lot of good and there were things I identified I’ve got to work on. It was a good course for me,’ he added.

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    The four-shot victory was enough to finish ahead of Tim Petrovic, who occupied second spot on 18 under by the close of play.

    South Africa’s Ernie Els managed to get a share of seventh position after his final-round 66 on Wednesday as he finished on 13 under par after the three rounds.

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