PHIL MICK­EL­SON

WGC – MEX­ICO CHAM­PI­ONSHIP WIN­NER

Golf Australia - - AROUND THE TRAPS -

WIN­NING SCORE: 16-un­der-par, 268. DE­FEATED: Fel­low Amer­i­can Justin Thomas on the first hole of sud­den death. DEFIN­ING MO­MENTS: As overnight leader Shubhankar Sharma strug­gled on Sun­day, Mick­el­son and Thomas emerged as two of the main con­tenders for the ti­tle along­side Tyrrell Hat­ton.

Fresh off a win the pre­vi­ous week, Thomas bo­geyed the 17th be­fore hol­ing out for an ea­gle two at the 18th for a 64 and the club­house lead at 16-un­der-par. Mick­el­son re­sponded quickly with birdies at the 15th and 16th holes to draw level, as did Hat­ton, who made four con­sec­u­tive scores of three be­gin­ning at the 12th hole.

Mick­el­son parred his way in for a five-un­der fi­nal round and a play­off with Thomas, while Hat­ton’s par putt at the par-4 18th came up short to drop him to a tie for 3rd with Rafa Cabr­era Bello.

Thomas missed the green long at the par-3 17th in sud­den death and was un­able to get up-and-down, hand­ing Mick­el­son, who had al­ready se­cured a two-putt par from 18-feet af­ter nearly hol­ing his birdie try, PGA Tour vic­tory num­ber 43. WITH THIS VIC­TORY… : • Mick­el­son claimed his first vic­tory in al­most five years, his pre­vi­ous win com­ing in 2013 at The Open. • ‘Lefty’ is now the old­est ever win­ner of a World Golf Cham­pi­onship event at 47 years, eight months, 16 days, re­mov­ing Vijay Singh as the pre­vi­ous record holder. • The World Golf Hall of Fame mem­ber is now all but guar­an­teed a 12th con­sec­u­tive Ry­der Cup ap­pear­ance at Le Golf Na­tional later this year.

“I NEEDED TO GET A WIN BE­FORE AU­GUSTA SO I WASN’T TRY­ING TO WIN FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FOUR AND A HALF, FIVE YEARS AT THAT EVENT.” – PHIL MICK­EL­SON

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