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Phil Mickelson drew the loudest roars from the biggest crowd in golf history at the Phoenix Open on Saturday.
Mickelson nearly aced the par-3 16th, hitting a 9-iron to a foot to set up a birdie on the rowdy stadium hole packed with nearly 20,000 screaming fans.
Estimated at 179,022, the third-round crowd broke the record of 173,210 set last year, also on a Saturday at fan-friendly TPC Scottsdale. The event has drawn 467,030 for the week and is in position to break the mark of 538,356 set in 2008.
Mickelson birdied the final four holes and five of the last six for a 7-under 64 and a six-stroke lead over Brandt Snedeker.
The 42-year-old has led after each round, scoring 60-65. He fell a stroke short of the tour record for the first 54 holes, and matched the tournament mark set by Mark Calcavecchia in 2001.
Making his 24th appearance in the event that he won in 1996 and 2005, Mickelson is trying to complete his third career start-to-finish victory and first since the 2006 BellSout...
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Phil Mickelson added to his legacy with his 41st career PGA Tour win this weekend at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. But he also added to his...
Phil Mickelson has returned to the top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking after winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Mickelson rose 12 spots to No. 10 in this week's edition of the ranking.
Brandt Snedeker, who finished second to Mickelson at TPC Scottsdale, continued to rise in the ranking. His runner-up finish moved him from seventh to a career-high No. 6 in the ranking...
Phil Mickelson held his head in horror on the ninth green, his 18th of the day. His 26-foot putt birdie putt for 59 curled around the hole and stayed out.
"It's crushing," Mickelson said, "because you don't get that chance very often."
David Duval, who shot one of golf's magical 59s, tweeted: "he just got robbed."
No one would disagree...
Phil Mickelson completed a wire-to-wire victory in the Phoenix Open, missing another chance to make history in a dominating week at TPC Scottsdale.
Mickelson shot a 4-under 67 on Sunday to finish at 28-under 256, two strokes off the PGA Tour record set by Tommy Armour III in the 2003 Texas Open, and tie the tournament mark set by Mark Calcavecchia in 2001.
Mickelson missed a chance...
Phil Mickelson missed a chance to break the PGA Tour's 36-hole scoring record when he finished with a double bogey after driving into the water at the Phoenix Open on Friday.
Mickelson followed his opening 60 with a 65 to reach 17-under 125, one stroke off the tour record for the first two rounds of a tournament shared by Pat Perez and David Toms.
Mickelson did tie the Phoenix...
This weekend was vintage Phil Mickelson. In winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale, he played as well as he could possibly...
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Phil Mickelson missed out on a 59 by a fraction of an inch Thursday in the first round of the Phoenix Open.
Mickelson had a chance to become the sixth player in PGA Tour history to break 60 with a 25-foot birdie attempt on his last hole, the par-4 ninth at TPC Scottsdale. The putt looked good all the way, and Mickelson pointed his putter at the cup as he prepared...