(February 20, 2019) – Phil Mickelson looks to build on an impressive 2019 season he defends his WGC-Mexico Championship title, which begins tomorrow. With a win at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am just two weeks ago, a repeat in Mexico would give Lefty three wins in a 52-week span. A repeat would also put him alongside Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson as the only players to win at least four WGC titles.
Last year’s win in Mexico ended a drought for Phil, who had not won since the 2013 Open Championship – a total of 101 tournaments. Mickelson closed with a 5-under-par 65 and the end of regulation and would defeat Justin Thomas in a thrilling sudden-death playoff.
Things didn’t look good for Phil after Thomas’ shot to the 18th from 119 yards out. Thomas’ ball fell in front of the pin and spun into the hole for an eagle and a 64, but Lefty would answer back. Phil responded with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 15th and 20-foot birdie on the 16th, tying Thomas. In the playoff, Thomas went long with a gap wedge to the par-3 17th and chipped to 10 feet short of the hole. Mickelson hit the green, narrowly missed the birdie putt and walked off a winner — finally — when Thomas missed his putt.
“I can’t put into words how much this means to me,” Mickelson said on his victory in Mexico last year. “I knew it was going to be soon — I’ve been playing too well for it not to be. But you just never know until it happens.”
Back-to-back wins in Mexico would further his momentum, as it would be his 45th win on TOUR and would inch closer to 50 career wins.