Phil Mickelson became the third player in Champions Tour history to win his second league title in as many starts with a three-stroke victory Sunday at the Dominion Energy Charity Classic in Richmond, Va.
Mickelson returned a 7-under-65 in his final round at the Country Club of Virginia’s James River Course to finish with a total of 17-under 199 and beat compatriot Mike Weir of Canada by three shots Mickelson joins Bruce Fleisher (1999) and Jim Furyk (2020) as the only two players to win their first two starts on the 50+ tour
« I’m having a lot of fun playing here because I can play aggressively, » said Mickelson, who carded four birdies up front and four back with just one bogey coming to No 9.
« I can get away with a few hiccups and play the way I like to play… play a little more offensive – I really like that »
Mickelson’s ninth-place scarecrow came after errant practice cost him a penalty shot off the tee with what he admitted to be a new driver in his bag in preparation for The Masters, scheduled for November 12-15
<p 9 "I was able to play a good back nine, but you can't make those mistakes And I was lucky to get away with it because I came back and played well, but it's something I've been working on and that will give me something to work on in the weeks to come as we head to Augusta "
Second-round leader Mike Weir, who started the day with a three-stroke lead after a blistering 63rd on Saturday, failed to get any momentum going and finished with a total of 71 and 14 under Weir had three birdies and two bogeys up his sleeve and finished alone in second place for his best Champions Tour finish in eight starts.
Rounding out the top five were Paul Goydos, who shot 65 to finish third at 13 under, and Brandt Jobe (68) and Germany’s Bernhard Langer (67), who finished tied for fourth. at 12 cents
According to broadcast of the event, the victory propelled Mickelson 10 places – from 18th to eighth – in the Charles Schwab Cup standings
Schwab Cup leader Ernie Els of South Africa, who turned 51 on Saturday, shot 68 to tie for ninth with Sweden’s Robert Karlsson Karlsson shot 64 points to tie the low round of the day with Kenny Perry, who finished three for sixth place with South Korean KJ Choi (66) and South Africa’s Retief Goosen (69)
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