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Mickelson ended the longest drought of his career with a playoff victory Sunday over Justin Thomas in the WGC-Mexico Championship, MEXICO.
Coming down the stretch, Justin Thomas held the lead but a bogey on 17 left him looking unlikely as Mickelson and others had birdie holes to come. But Thomas wasn’t done yet …. Standing 121 yards away with wedge in hand, Thomas stuck in just past the pin and had it role back for a hole our eagle on the 18th green to take a two shot lead into the clubhouse.
Mickelson however held his nerve and went on to birdie 15 and 16 to tie Thomas for the lead at -16 for the weekend.
The sudden-death playoff -- the sixth in eight PGA TOUR events this year -- didn't last long.
Playing the Par 3 17th hole, Thomas went long and finished with a tough lie on the back of the green whilst Phil hit another great shot Pin high to 18 feet.
Thomas chipped to just inside 10 feet. Mickelson's 18-foot birdie putt for the victory looked like perfection only to swirl around the cup, more agony for a 47-year-old who has seen plenty of it since his last victory.
Thomas was coming off a playoff victory at The Honda Classic last week, and delivered an unbelievable weekend of golf with a -9 62 on Saturday and -7 64 on Sunday.
Thomas, however, never got his par attempt on the right line and missed which left Mickelson a tap in Par putt to secure the victory.
Mickelson, who closed with a 5-under 66, won for the first time since the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield. A stretch of 101 tournaments worldwide.
"I can't put into words how much this means to me," Mickelson said. "I knew it was going to be soon -- I've been playing too well for it not to be. But you just never know until it happens."
Mickelson won his third World Golf Championships title and, just a month after being on the verge of falling out of the top 50 in the world for the first time in two decades, moves to No. 18 in the world.
Mickelson was the first player who appeared to seize control with a birdie on No. 10 to take the lead, and facing a reachable par 5 and a drivable par 4.
Instead, Lefty made it as entertaining as ever.
Going for the green in light rough with the ball below his feet, he hooked it deep into the bushes right of the green, and played his next one when he could barely see the golf ball. That stayed in the trees, and his fourth shot narrowly missed another tree before settling 10 feet away. He made bogey, and just like that, it was a sprint to the finish 7,800 feet above sea level.
Mickelson, now with 43 victories on the PGA TOUR and 46 around the world, had continued to state that more victories were in store for him with four consecutive top 10s for the first time since 2005.
That also was the last time he had won in a playoff.
It all seems so long ago -- playoffs, trophies, consistent play. Now he's just a little more than a month away from the Masters, and feeling invigorated and a winner again.