Mickelson wins Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:50 IST

Phil Mickelson won back-to-back tournaments for the first time in his career, with a four-stroke victory over Mike Weir in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Mickelson wins Pebble Beach Pro-Am

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Phil Mickelson won back-to-back tournaments for the first time in his career, with a four-stroke victory over Mike Weir in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Sunday. Despite the cool temperature, Mickelson was all smiles as he walked the golf course. Canadian Mike Weir, Masters champion the year before Mickelson, began to make a charge. Great approach The lefty played a marvelous approach on the 9th hole. Weir carded a 5-under, 67 on Sunday, the low round of the day. Tim Clark of South Africa finished in a tie at fourth with Paul Goydos at 12-under par. Clark sank a difficult par putt on the 9th hole to remain at 11-under par. Weir continued to pursue Mickelson. On the 11th hole, Weir made birdie to lower his score to 14-under par, to trail by five shots. Low score After Mickelson lost a shot and saw his lead trimmed to four, he sank a birdie on the 11th hole to once again hold a five-stroke edge on Weir, at 19-under. England's Greg Owen turned in the best bunker shot of the round. He blasted out of the sand on the 12th hole, and the ball found the cup for a birdie to lower his score to 13-under par. Owen, a PGA Tour rookie playing in the final group with Mickelson, birdied the last hole for a 72 and finished third to earn 360-thousand US dollars. Winning streak But the eventual champion Mickelson played the best approach shot of the day on the 13th hole, when his shot spun back toward the hole. Yet, Mickelson missed a short birdie try on number-13. There would be no catching the 2004 Masters champion, as Mickelson tapped in for a short par to win the tournament. Mickelson won for the second straight week by closing with a 1-over 73 to become the first wire-to-wire winner in the 68-year history of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Mickelson finished at 19-under 269, missing by one shot the record set seven years ago by Mark O'Meara. Going into this year, Mickelson had won his previous eight PGA Tour events by a combined nine shots, three of those in playoffs. (AP)

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