Phil Mickelson equalizes PGA Tour champions with record in debut win


Phil Mickelson made the senior tour a breeze.

With another stellar spin on Wednesday, Mickelson earned a end-to-end victory Wednesday in the Charles Schwab Series at Ozarks National. Mickelson, who won by four, became the 20th player to win on his PGA Tour Champions debut.

Mickelson’s total of 191 for the 54-hole event tied the lowest in tour history. At 22 below par, he finished four shots away from Tim Petrovic.

Mickelson looked destined to break the 54-hole record until he played his last eight holes in 1. The total of 191 has already been shot by five players, most recently Rocco Mediate in 2013.

Charles Schwab Open Field Scores at Ozarks National

“I really had a great time,” Mickelson said. “It’s fun for me to compete. I was able to shoot scores and compete, and the competition here is really tough and it was fun for me to get off to a good start and play well. ”

Mickelson was a late addition to the senior squad after missing the cup at the Northern Trust last week and failing to advance to the FedExCup playoff second leg. With two unexpected weeks off, the 44-time PGA Tour winner decided last Friday to register for this week’s event in the Ozarks knowing he was playing better than his scores indicated. There was an added incentive, too, with the US Open returning next month to Winged Foot, the site of one of Mickelson’s most heartbreaking losses.

On the generous fairways of the National Ozarks, Mickelson got high with his driver and putted as well as he has in years, making 24 birdies and an eagle just four bogeys. He also led the field at driving distance, at 325 yards per pop. Jim Furyk also accomplished the feat last month.

Mickelson will be taking time off next week before embarking on the PGA Tour season opener Safeway Open in Napa, Calif. This will be his last update before the US Open, where he is a six-time finalist.


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