"What a round. Are you kidding me?"
Amy Mickelson said it best as her husband, Phil Mickelson, came off of the
18th green at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
I could not have said it better myself. Without a doubt. What a round!
Phil Mickelson entered the day 6 back, chasing Charlie Wi who was 15 under to start the day. Mickelson shot 8-under while Wi shot even par to give Mickelson the 2 shot win. Mickelson's game showed up in every way today. His ball striking was superb, but his putting was even better.
Twice in the round Mickelson left himself in awkward situations and ended up leaving himself putts of 32 and 38 feet to save par. In a classic Phil Mickelson fashion, he sank both of those putts to have a bogey free round.
Taking a 3 shot lead into the final hole, Mickelson's caddy, Jim Mackay—or as he is more widely known, "Bones"—talked Mickelson out of using his driver.
Mickelson has often stated the tee shot on the 18th hole at Pebble Beach is one of his most feared shots. Electing to use a 4 iron on his first two shots, Mickelson put himself into a terrific position to get on the green to make par and force Wi to make an eagle to tie. As with the rest of Mickelson's round, he expected more. Positioning himself to around 5 feet from the pin setting up a birdie putt on the last hole to win the tournament.
At age 41, Phil Mickelson has shown he is still capable of wowing everyone, including his wife.
"Are you kidding me" indeed.