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Mickelson misses record, wins Phoenix Open

Feb 4th, 2013
Staff Writer

Phil Mickelson teeing off || Photo Credit: Wikimedia CommonsPhil Mickelson’s final score of 256 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open last weekend was two shots away from breaking the PGA Tour record for lowest score. But it was just low enough to win him the tournament.

Mickelson shot 28 under par over the course of the weekend, according to, narrowly missing the record of 254 shot by Tommy Armour III at the 2003 Texas open. Coming off a 51st place finish at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, CA the weekend before, Mickelson gave an overall solid performance with a final four-stroke lead over Brandt Snedeker.

"It's an important one for me, because it's been a while since I won, been a while since I've been in contention," Mickelson told the PGA. "I was certainly nervous heading into today. I think the thing I'm most excited about was the way I was able to regain control of my thoughts after a few shots early on that I didn't care for."

One of those early shots that could have made the difference in breaking Armour’s record was a 25-foot birdie putt that lipped out of the cup on the final hole of the first round. Mickelson would take a 60 on that round, following with rounds of 65, 64 and 67.

The Phoenix Waste Management Open winner will now head to Pebble Beach to defend his title at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.