Phil Mickelson wins WGC-Mexico Championship
March 5, 2018
After 4 year and a half, Phil Mickelson finally wins a tournament again. He defeated Justin Thomas at a playoff hole to earn his first victory since The Open 2013.
Mickelson’s best golf was on display Sunday at Club de Golf Chapultepec, where he posted a five-under 66 to get to 16-under 268. It would have been enough to win in regulation had Thomas not pulled out some final-round heroics, carding a seven-under 64 that included an incredible hole-out for eagle at the 72nd hole. It’s Mickelson’s 43rd career victory, and third WGC win, the last coming in 2009 at Trump National Doral in this same event.
“I don’t know what to say. It’s been a tough go the last four years, not playing my best, but to have the belief that I was going to get there and to finally break through and do it was incredible,” Mickelson said.
Thai star Kiradech Aphibarnrat achieved a career-high finish with a tied fifth outing after a pulsating final day. Kiradech’s terrific finish, which came a few weeks after lifting a fourth European Tour title in Australia, saw him match countryman Thongchai Jaidee’s best outing by a Thai player in the World Golf Championships four-tournament series. Thongchai achieved a T5 at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in 2010.
“I was very proud with the way I’m playing and finish top-five in the World Golf Championships is always the best. On Saturday, I didn’t hole a putt, it just kicked me out of position. I played great golf today but still a little bit behind, a little bit too far,” said Kiradech, whose previous best finish in the World Golf Championships was a T18 at the 2016 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
Starting the day six shots off the pace, Kiradech made his charge with six birdies in his opening 14 holes before dropping his lone bogey of the day on 16. He then birdied the 18th hole from 10 feet for his high finish.