Phil Gets 44th at Pebble Beach, Langer Wins Oasis PDF Print E-mail



Phil Mickelson celebrates his 44th career PGA Tour victory after a Monday finish.

Monterey, California - It took an extra day. Just the evening earlier, Phil Mickelson

wanted to finish it off in the dark, but challenger Paul Casey was having none of it.

Casey decided to stop play with 4 feet remaining for par on sixteenth. Lefty was

outwardly agitated by the decision to put off the finish until Monday morning, he

was in the zone and insistent on trying to get it in. For Mickelson it all worked out,

just 14 hours later he did indeed finish it off, getting his 44th career title and 5th

win at Pebble Beach.


Before play on the final two holes commenced, he needed to make sure he

righted the situation. "I apologized to Paul Casey this morning because I realized

that I wasn't seeing the big picture," Mickelson said. "Paul was protecting both

of us, and the field - he did the right thing by having us finish this morning."


Starting Monday three shots clear, Mickelson and Casey both safely hit the

par 3 - 17th leaving makeable birdie putts. Each player missed their attempts

and walked to the famous tee at the par 5 finisher on Pebble Beach with no

blood being drawn. With the result likely no longer in doubt, Mickelson hit iron

off the tee, while Casey took the aggressive approach. Phil layed up to wedge

range, and from 245 out Casey nearly reached the front left edge of the green.

Phil wedged to 7 feet and Casey got up and down for his birdie, securing solo

second at 16 under par (71). Lefty rolled in his putt for a final round 65, and

the exclamation on win No.44 (and his 5th at Pebble Beach - tying the record

previously set by Mark O'meara).


So does the new "Prince of Pebble" see this win as a springboard to winning

the long coveted U.S Open at Pebble in June? "No, it's a totally different golf

course, the greens will be firm, the rough will be high - here I'm trying to hit

the ball as far as I can, not worry too much about the rough. The ball's are

plugging and we're able to clean it and so there's really no carryover," Phil

said." Other than that, I just really enjoy this place and seem to play some

of my best golf here and that's probably about it."








Langer Keeps Rolling, Wins Oasis Championship at Broken Sound

Bernhard Langer celebrates after winning his home town event in Boca Raton.

Boca Raton, Florida - Bernhard Langer came out and blitzed the field at

the Old Course at Broken sound Sunday, making five birdies in the first

seven holes enroute to a final round 65 - romping to a five shot victory

at the Oasis Championship.


Langer set the tournament record with a three round total of 197 - 19

under par. The Boca Raton resident (The Langer's live 3 miles away at

Woodfield Country Club) was thrilled after his 39th career PGA Tour

Champions victory (just six shy of Hale Irwin's record 45 wins on the

senior circuit), "It was an amazing start, one of my best starts ever,"

Langer said. "In these conditions, as windy as it was today, it was very,

very good, especially my shortgame. I made the putts I had to make, and

didn't put myself into any great trouble."


Langer's daughter Jackie finally nabbed a win as caddie for her father,

after two near wins last season, this one was sweet for both father and

daughter. "It means a great deal to win in front of family and friends,"

Langer said. "Winning at home is always special."


Marco Dawson finished strong, birdieing the final two holes to finish solo

second at 14 under par (202 total).