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Phil: 'Means a lot' to win with Tim on the bag

By Rex HoggardMarch 5, 2018, 2:01 am

MEXICO CITY – Although Phil Mickelson has spent plenty of time in the winner’s circle, having now won 43 times in his career on the PGA Tour, Sunday’s triumph at the WGC-Mexico Championship was different because of who was and who wasn't on the bag.

Last summer, Mickelson and his longtime caddie Jim “Bones” Mackey split, and Lefty replaced him with his brother, Tim. His playoff victory over Justin Thomas was his first victory with Tim on the bag.

“That means a lot to me. I was hoping and wanting for us to share these moments. He was awesome,” Phil Mickelson said.

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Mickelson said there were key moments in the final round when Tim stepped in to help calm his brother, like in the 15th fairway, when Tim told Lefty to stop walking so fast.

“That 3-footer on 18 [for par], we have this little thing where he just says, 'Connect with the hole,' just like when we go shooting,” Mickelson said. “He just knew how to resonate, get the best out of me and calm me down in those tough situations coming down the stretch.”

It was a year ago at Chapultepec Golf Club when Tim Mickelson stepped in to caddie for his brother when Mackay became ill, and he said after watching his brother’s first 42 Tour victories from outside the ropes, being up close for No. 43 wasn’t that different.

“I just had say and input now, so if I can say the right things and help him that’s what I want to do,” Tim Mickelson said.

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Two-time major champ Pettersen pregnant

By Randall MellMarch 17, 2018, 7:14 pm

PHOENIX – Suzann Pettersen is pregnant with her first child.

Pettersen’s husband, Christian Ringvold, confirmed the news with Golf Channel’s Jerry Foltz.

Pettersen, 36, who married Ringvold in January of 2017, is due in the fall. The 15-time LPGA winner and two-time major champion has yet to make her first start this year. She’s an eight-time Solheim Cup veteran.

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Watch: Woods rips iron from sand, makes birdie

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 17, 2018, 6:10 pm

Tiger Woods didn't bogey the first hole on Saturday like he did the day prior - but he did drop at a shot at the par-3 second when he failed to get up and down from the bunker.

Luckily, it wouldn't take him long to get that stroke back. One hole later, at the dogleg-left, par-4 third, Woods ripped a 2-iron off the tee, hit a less-than-stellar approach long and right, and poured in this 38-footer for birdie to get back to even par on the day.

He followed with another at the par-5 fourth, smoking a drive 313 yards uphill, short-siding himself with his second shot, and playing this deft pitch to set up a tap-in 4.

After a par save from the bunker at 5, Woods missed the fairway right at the par-5 sixth, laid up with his second, spun a wedge to 15 feet with his third, and rolled in this third birdie of the day to move to 6 under for the week.

Woods' momentum was slowed by a bogey at 8, the product of an errant tee shot, and a missed birdie try at 9 left Tiger to make the turn in 1 under-35, minus-5 for the week.

He quickly returned to 6 under for the championship when he hit an approach from 186 to inside 10 feet at the par-4 11th and walked in the putt:

Following four straight pars, Woods for the second day in a row made an unlikely birdie at the par-5 16th after missing the fairway to the right and declining to layup.

(More coming...)

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Tiger Tracker: Arnold Palmer Invitational

By Tiger TrackerMarch 17, 2018, 3:00 pm

Tiger Woods teed off at 12:15PM ET alongside Justin Rose for Round 3 of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. We're tracking him at Bay Hill.

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Fowler among 5 to skip WGC-Match Play

By Ryan LavnerMarch 17, 2018, 2:24 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – Five of the top 64 players in the world will skip next week’s WGC-Dell Match Play.

Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Brooks Koepka and Adam Scott all will miss the second WGC event of the year, held next week at Austin Country Club.

As a result, the last man into the field is world No. 69 Luke List. Kevin Na, Charles Howell III, Joost Luiten and Keegan Bradley also got into the field.

Julian Suri and Bill Haas are the first two alternates, if anyone else withdraws from the round-robin-style match-play event.

This is the second year in a row that Rose, Fowler, Stenson and Scott will not play in Austin. Koepka reached the quarterfinals each of the past two years, but he is still recovering from a wrist injury.

The final seeding for the event will be determined after this week’s tournaments. The bracket show is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, live on Golf Channel.