Phil Mickelson turned the third participant and second this yr to win his first two begins on the PGA Tour Champions, slamming the door on Canadian Mike Weir with a back-nine surge Sunday within the Dominion Energy Charity Classic.
Mickelson closed with a 7-under 65 to complete at 17-under 199, three strokes higher than second-round chief Weir, the man 50-year-old left-hander who had a 71. Mickelson was a stroke off the event file set final yr by Miguel Angel Jimenez.
The winner in late August at Ozarks National in Missouri in his first begin on the 50-and-over tour, Mickelson joined Bruce Fleischer and Jim Furyk as the one gamers to win of their first two senior occasions. Fleischer completed the feat in 1999 and Furyk did it this yr with victories at The Ally Challenge and Pure Insurance Championship.
Mickelson described his resolution to play in Virginia as the beginning of his Masters preparations with a give attention to correct driving and aggressive health, and it labored.
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Mickelson, who obtained the lead when Weir three-putted the par-3 14th inexperienced, doubled his edge with a birdie on the following gap, then highlighted his distance benefit over the 2003 Masters champion by driving the inexperienced on the 274-yard, par-4 15th. He two-putted from 30 toes to double his lead, then reached the par-5 16th in two and made birdie. Weir additionally made birdie to remain inside two pictures, however ran out of holes.
Mickelson’s likelihood to work on his aggressive facet got here instantly. He erased a three-shot deficit with birdies on three of the primary six holes whereas Weir made a string of pars, nevertheless it was on the again 9 that he was actually examined, and delighted along with his response.
After going a shot behind on the 12th gap, he pulled even at No. 13 and saved pushing.
Mickelson, who hasn’t received on the PGA Tour since early 2019 at Pebble Beach, plans to return to the PGA Tour subsequent week for the Zozo Championship in California. After every week off, he’ll play within the Houston Open as his last preparation for the Masters on Nov. 12-15.
Weir hangs on for 2nd place
Weir, of Brights Grove, Ont., three-putted the par-5 18th, however nonetheless held on to beat Paul Goydos (65) by a shot. Bernhard Langer (67) and Brandt Jobe (68) shared fifth, 5 behind Mickelson.
It was Weir’s third top-10 end in eight begins on the tour.
Robert Karlsson, one other rookie on the tour, closed with a 64 together with an albatross 2 on the ultimate gap. The ball bounced twice, then discovered the underside of the cup.