Phil and family celebrate with the Greens Staff at Castle Stuart after his maiden victory on Scottish soil
Inverness, Scotland - Phil Mickelson trailed 54 hole leader Henrik Stenson entering the final round of
the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart by two strokes. On Sunday, he started poorly - double bogey at
the 1st, and a bogey on the third, it appeared that Stenson was in complete control. JB Hansen who
started the day tied for second with Mickelson, had imploded early on - making a quadruple bogey 9
on the par 5 second. What happened after that debacle was nothing short of amazing. Hansen made
5 straight birdies and 7 in 8 holes to take over sole possesion of the lead, it's a crazy game for sure.
Branden Grace was in the clubhouse after a final round 69, posting -17 and waiting to see the leaders
finish. The lead shifted between Hansen and Stenson for most of the day, until Mickelson's birdie on the
14th gave him sole posession of the lead. After pars on the next three holes (including a houdini like
save on the 17th) it seemed as if Mickelson was a lock to get his first win in Scotland. Not so fast, this
is Phil the Thrill we're talking about. After conservatively hitting his third just off the green on the 18th,
two putts were all that was needed, but after running his downhill first putt 6 feet by, he missed the
comebacker for the win, and a chance to close out the championship in regulation . . . the sudden death
playoff between Branden Grace and Phil Mickelson started on the 18th.
On the first playoff hole, both players striped their tee shots down the middle. Grace layed up into the
right rough and Mickelson hit 3 wood just short right of the green into a swale some 8-10 feet below the
level of the the putting surface. Grace hit his third into the middle of the green about 30 feet away.
Mickelson then pulled off the shot of the championship, a blind pitch off dried out hardpan that carried
almost all the way to the hole, took one hop and spun back to a foot. He tapped in and watched as
Grace attempted the tie. Grace's putt missed wide, and Phil had his victory at the homeland of Golf.
"I have been coming here for some time and had some opportunities and I almost let it slip away today.
To come out on top was terrific. I was so mad at myself for mentally losing my focus that I came out on
that 18th pretty focused to make a four."
Omaha, Nebraska - Just two weeks after capturing his first major, Kenny Perry lapped the field
shooting 64-63 on the weekend to finish at -13 and win the the U.S Senior Open at Omaha
Perry came from 10 strokes back after shooting a second round 73 on Friday, and after his third
round 64 he trailed 54 hole leader Michael Allen by only two strokes. Perry's final round 63 was
good enough for a five stroke victory over Fred Funk (-8). Perry combined superb ball striking with
a hot putter early on - that left little doubt of the outcome by the back nine on Sunday.
Corey Pavin and Rocco Mediate finished 3rd at -7. Michael Allen battling a pinched nerve in his
neck, shot his second consecutive 72 to finish 5th.
Final scores: http://www.ussenioropen.com/scoring2013/dyn/alllb.html
Silvis, Illinois - 19 year old Jordan Spieth outlasted defending champion Zach Johnson, and David
Hearn in a playoff to get his 1st win on the PGA Tour. Spieth needed last second heroics just to
reach the playoff, holing out from the greenside bunker on the 72nd hole for birdie and a final
round 65 to finish in a 3 way tie at -19.
After chances by Johnson on the second playoff hole (11 feet) and Hearn on the fourth playoff
hole (4 feet 10 inches), it came down to the fifth playoff hole with Hearn and Johnson managing
no better than bogey, Spieth needed only to get up and down from just over the green to secure
the win. He did just that, converting the par save with a tap in, becoming the first teenager to
win on tour since 1931.
Spieth was still dazed after the playoff, "It hasn't sunk in yet, it probably won't until I wake up on the
Spieth is now 11th in the Fedex Cup standings, and is officially a tour member, he will play in the
Open Championship this week and next years Masters.
Final Leaderboard: http://www.pgatour.com/leaderboard.html