Surging Sergio Wins First US Tournament


Call Sergio Garcia a whiner. Call him a bad boy for a temper tantrum in Australia earlier this year when he erupted at a European Tour referee. Call him a youngster for being just 21 years of age.
But call the young Spaniard a winner. He owns the red plaid jacket, symbolizing the MasterCard Colonial championship, after he fired a final-round 63 Sunday to give him a 13-under-par 267 and a victory over a crumbling Phil Mickelson.
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Garcia began the day five shots behind Mickelson, but he had showed something in shooting 64-65 the final two rounds at the Verizon Byron Nelson Classic.
Mickelson lost for the second time in three tournaments after being in the lead or tied for the lead going into the final day.
This is something I was waiting for, said Garcia. Its even better than what I thought. Its great to be able to win on what is probably the toughest tour in the world. Hopefully, the next one will come at The Memorial (his next tournament.)
Sergio Garcia comments on his win
Mickelson birdied two of the first three holes Sunday and appeared unstoppable, especially after a fourth birdie on No. 7, but Garcia refused to be shaken. Mickelson led Garcia by three strokes as he played No. 8, but he put his tee shot on the par-3 hole in a front bunker and made bogey.
Mickelson then three-putted No. 9 from 15 feet, the last from inside three feet, and suddenly his once-unstoppable lead was down to one stroke. Garcia tied it with a birdie on the 13th with a 10-foot birdie.

This seems to be a recurring theme, said Mickelson. Im hitting the ball well, I made some good shots. Its not that I played that poorly. I just seem to have a mental block on Sundays on the back nine. Ive really struggled the last four or five times I had a shot at it.
Mickelsons slide was complete when he bogeyed the 14th, hitting his approach shot into deep rough greenside, then hitting a mediocre chip to five feet and missing the putt. Garcia took a one-shot lead that he would never lose.
The way the course was playing, it was really windy and the fairways were really firm and it was difficult to keep it in the fairway, said Garcia. It was just tough. Thats the reason I was able to come from so far back.
Mickelson finished with an even-par 70, bogeying the 17th with short-putt miss. He tied Brian Gay, who had a 65, for second place.
I was really expecting him to do well, Garcia said of Mickelson. I was really happy when I saw the course the way it was today. If it doesnt blow the way it did, it is a lot easier for everyone else to make birdies.
Coming from behind, you put a lot of pressure on your putts. You dont want to miss any putts. To be able to start the way I did, it was really nice, too.
Mickelson has now finished in the top three seven times this year. But final-round blues have kept him out of the winners circle on all but one occassion - the Buick Invitational.
Certainly, its frustrating and disappointing, said Mickelson. The only way I know to overcome it is to try to get back in contention next week at Kemper. Ive had a lot of mental hurdles to overcome this year. It seems like Im giving away my opportunities on Sundays instead of taking advantage of situations.
Full-field scores from the MasterCard Colonial
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