Phil looking forward to Wells Fargo after Masters MC

By Randall MellApril 30, 2014, 9:50 pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Phil Mickelson says he didn’t spend a lot of time stewing over missing the cut at the Masters in his last start.

He will tee it up looking to win the Wells Fargo Championship for the first time after so many good runs at Quail Hollow Golf Club.

“You have to deal with so much failure in this game, and it's just part of it,” Mickelson said of missing the Masters’ cut. “It's something I've become accustomed to now for decades. You move on.

“Last year, one of the lowest points of my career was at the U.S. Open. I was able to turn it around and have one of the highest points, so you just don't want to look back. You want to look forward and see what you can accomplish in the future.”


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Mickelson finished second at Merion in last year’s U.S. Open, his sixth second-place finish in that championship. He went on to win the British Open for the first time a month later.

Mickelson is looking for his first victory this year.

“I'm certainly hopeful to get in contention on the weekend and have an opportunity to capture my first title here,” Mickelson said. “This is a great event, and it's a course I've played very well on in the past and have not finished it off right. I'm hopeful just having a chance on the weekend, that's kind of the goal over the next couple of days.”

In 10 starts at Quail Hollow, Mickelson has finished T-10 or better seven times. He has finished T-5 or better five times. He said Quail Hollow was always one of his favorite courses, and he likes it even more after Tom Fazio’s makeover last year.

Fazio oversaw the rebuilding of all 18 greens, the softening of the contouring of the greens and the installation of MiniVerde Bermuda grass as a replacement for bent grass. There were also renovations of some holes, including the 16th and 17th holes, part of the famed “Green Mile” finishing holes.

“It's one of the best tee-to-green golf courses in the world, and what Tom Fazio has done is just perfect, just perfect,” Mickelson said. “He has enhanced it.

“I've always thought this is one of the best tee-to-green courses, if not the best tee-to-green course I've ever played. Now that the greens complement it, it’s one of my favorite courses I've ever played.”

 

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Key stats from Woods' historic win at East Lake

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 23, 2018, 10:47 pm

Tiger Woods won his 80th career PGA Tour title on Sunday with a two-stroke victory at the Tour Championship. Here are the key stats from the final round at East Lake.

• 80th career PGA Tour win; first since 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

• Two wins behind Sam Snead for most in PGA Tour history

• Snead was 47 years old when he won his 80th career PGA Tour title (Woods is 42)

• 43-for-45 converting outright 54-hole leads in PGA Tour career

• 24-for-24 converting 54-hole leads of three or more shots

• First win in 1,876 days; 118 players won on PGA Tour between Woods' wins

• Third career Tour Championship victory (most all-time)

• Has won Tour Championship in three different decades (1999, 2007, 2018)

• Fifth PGA Tour event won in three different decades (1990s, 2000s, 2010s)

• Projected to move to 13th in World Ranking with victory

• Was ranked 1,199 before beginning of 2017 Hero World Challenge

• Snead won 11 times after turning 43 (Woods turns 43 in December)

• Eighth PGA Tour win in Georgia; fourth-most of any state (Fla., Calif., Ohio)

• Extended lead to four strokes with birdie on first hole of round

• Second in field in strokes gained: putting this week

• First in field in scrambling this week (17-for-24)

• Finished second in FedExCup; was making first Tour Championship start since 2013

• Led field in one-putt percentage this week (51.4%)

• Finishes season first on PGA Tour in strokes gained: approach

(Stats provided by the Golf Channel editorial research unit.)

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Rose captures FedExCup, $10 million

By Mercer BaggsSeptember 23, 2018, 10:45 pm

ATLANTA – Like the “Price is Right” big wheel, $10 million spun around and around on Sunday, waiting to land on someone. It rolled past Dustin Johnson, looked like it was going to settle on Tiger Woods, and then made a final tick to rest on an ecstatic Justin Rose.

Rose won the FedExCup title on Sunday at the Tour Championship, two-putting for birdie on the par-5 18th to secure the big bonus. Woods, who won the tournament, finished second, with Bryson DeChambeau third.

Rose entered the final round as the projected winner, tied for second in the event, three shots back of Woods. However, it was a struggle from the start for the – now former – world No. 1. Rose made four bogeys and one birdie over his first 15 holes, and when he bogeyed the par-4 16th, the scenario became clear: Play the last two in 1 under or lose the cup.


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Johnson had an outside shot at claiming the $10 million, but parred the last. He finished in solo third place, four back of Woods.

Woods, meanwhile, was in command of the tournament from the start on Sunday. He played steadily, for the most part, and no one provided a challenge. In order to win the cup, he needed to win the event – which was close to a lock all day – and Rose needed to finish in a three-way tie for fifth or worse.

So, here he was, Rose, tied for SIXTH place on the 18th hole. A birdie and he’d jump into a three-way tie for fourth – as well as into a mountain of cash.

Rose hit the par-5 18th in two and successfully two-putted to clinch the cup. He didn’t win a playoff event, but his MC-2-2-T4 results were good enough, points wise, to capture the season-long race.

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Social media explodes over Tiger's 80th win

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 23, 2018, 10:45 pm

After a five-year hiatus, Tiger Woods made his triumphant return to the winner's circle on Sunday at the Tour Championship.

As evidenced by a quick look at social media, Woods' win set the golf world on fire, with everyone from Jack Nicklaus to Michelle Wie sending their congratulations to the 42-year-old.

Here are the best reactions from a wild Sunday at East Lake, where Woods claimed PGA Tour victory No. 80:

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Highlights: Tiger's final round at East Lake

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 23, 2018, 10:40 pm

Tiger Woods won the Tour Championship on Sunday by two strokes. Here are the highlights from the final round.

Woods got off to a great start with a birdie on No. 1.


He then made eight straight pars to close out the front nine in 1 under par. Woods started the back nine with a bogey at 10, but he rebounded with this birdie at No. 13.


Woods leaked some oil coming in with bogeys at 15 and 16, but this par putt on 17 gave him a crucial two-stroke lead heading to 18.


For the fourth straight day, Woods smoked his drive on 18.


A huge gallery followed Woods up the 18th hole.


Woods missed his birdie putt on 18, but it was an easy par for a two-stroke victory and win No. 80.