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  • WGT GOLF UPDATE: Mickelson beats Woods at Pebble Beach

    13 Feb 2012

    An exciting finish at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am this weekend. The two greatest golfers over the the past 20 years, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, were paired together in the final round at Pebble Beach, with Mickelson coming from behind to win the tournament.

    Mickelson started the day at -9 but had 1 eagle, 6 birdies and 0 bogeys for a 64 and the victory. Woods started at -11 but went in the opposite direction, shooting a 75 with 2 birdies and 5 bogeys. Mickelson excelled in all facets of the game (driving, chipping and putting) while Woods was mainly hurt by bad putting, missing 5 putts within 5 feet, and ultimately finishing in 15th place.

    Mickelson and Woods have been paired together in the final round 5 times in the past 5 years, with Mickelson beating Woods every time. However, their liftime head-to-head record is an even 13-13 with 4 ties. This is Mickelson's first win of 2012, with 40 career victories (and 4 majors) on the PGA Tour, moving him to #9 all-time. Note that Woods is #3 all-time with 71 victories (and 14 majors), making them the only active players in the Top 10 for Career Victories.

    Third-round leader Charlie Wi, started off with a double-bogey and struggled with a 72, but finished his round with three straight birdies to recover for second place, which is his fifth second place finish with no wins on the PGA Tour. Wi had a 3 shot lead after the third round, but joins Kyle Stanley and Spencer Levin as other players this year who have lost a big lead on Sunday.

    In the amateur competition, it was a tie between Gregg Ontiveros (paired with pro Brian Harman) and JP McManus (paired with Padraig Harrington). New England Patriot coach Bill Belichick (paired with Ricky Barnes) finished 3rd, comedian Ray Romano (paired with Steven Bowditch) finished 5th, Barclay's CEO Skip McGee (paired with Phil Mickelson) finished 6th, and Dallas Cowboy quarterback Tony Romo (paired with Tiger Woods) in 17th.

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