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Mickelson completes wire-to-wire Phoenix romp

Phil Mickelson fired a four-under par 67 to complete a wire-to-wire victory in the USD 6.2 million US PGA Phoenix Open, capturing his 41st career title by four strokes.

It was the first time a player led every round alone on the way to a tour title since Rory McIlroy’s breakthrough major triumph at the 2011 US Open. ‘I played really good golf,’ Mickelson said on Sunday.

‘This is how I’ve been playing for a while and it feels really good to get that golf out of me when I’m at a big tournament.’

Together with a dominant victory a week ago by Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines, Mickelson’s triumph showed that two of the game’s most popular stars are in top early season form with the year’s first major looming in April at the Masters.

The 42-year-old left-hander, a three-time Masters champion, won for the first time since last year’s Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

‘It’s important to start building momentum but it’s more important what you do closer to Augusta,’ Mickelson said. ‘You have got to deal with some of the greatest pressure you will ever deal with at Augusta.’
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