Mickelson, Garcia halve epic Sunday singles match


CHASKA, Minn. – Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia put on one of the most spectacular shows in Ryder Cup history in their singles match Sunday at Hazeltine.

Mickelson made 10 birdies, but with a lone bogey, couldn’t beat Garcia.

Garcia made nine birdies without a bogey.

They halved their match in dramatic finish. After Mickelson rolled in a 25-foot birdie at the 18th, Garcia rolled a 10-foot birdie on top of him. It was like that all day. They halved five holes dropping birdies on top of each other.

“It was amazing,” Garcia said. “To shoot 9 under and end up tying the match, it’s heartbreaking. I gave it everything I had. Phil made it from everywhere and played well.”

They each shot 63s, if you count concessions.

Mickelson wanted the win, but he appreciated the level of play.

“It was a hard fought battle with a lot of emotion,” Mickelson said.

Garcia was 1-2-2 on the week. His overall Ryder Cup record improves to 19-11-7.

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Garcia’s overall point total improved to 22 ½ points, tying him with fellow Spaniard and legend Seve Ballesteros. They trail only Nick Faldo (25), Bernhard Langer (24), Colin Montgomerie (23½) and Lee Westwood (23) in the European record book.

The Ryder Cup has brought out the best in Garcia over the years.

“This is what I live for,” said Garcia, 36. “Obviously, I've been reminded probably 300 times that I haven't won a major this week, but I love these moments. I love being in Ryder Cups. I love playing for my teammates. I love playing for Europe. Even if I never get a major, it doesn't matter, because these moments, nobody can take away from me.”

Mickelson, 46, improved to 18-20-7 overall in the Ryder Cup.

Mickelson and Garcia have combined to play in 20 Ryder Cups but met for just the second time in singles. Garcia defeated Mickelson 3 and 2 at Oakland Hills in ’04 in their only previous meeting.