Mickelson wins Tour Championship; Tiger takes FedEx Cup|
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Phil Mickelson fired a five-under 65 on Sunday
to come from behind and win the Tour Championship, but Tiger Woods walked off
with the biggest prize, the FedEx Cup.
Woods managed only an even-par 70 on Sunday to finish second to Mickelson at
East Lake, but ended atop the FedEx Cup playoff points list for the second
time in three years.
Woods began the week first in the standings and there were several scenarios
where he could've lost the FedEx Cup and the $10 million prize. In fact, Steve
Stricker went on a birdie run Sunday and was in position to steal it from
Woods, but the game's best hung on down the stretch.
"The whole year was an unknown," said Woods, who had knee surgery last year
and missed the FedEx Cup playoffs. "To have played as well as I have, and
consistent as I have the entire year, is something I'm very proud of. Wish I
could've got a major in there."
As for Mickelson, the world No. 3 played brilliantly on Sunday and won the
title at nine-under 271. It was his third win this season, his 37th on the PGA
Tour and it polished off a tough year for Mickelson.
Both his wife and mother were diagnosed with breast cancer and Mickelson spent
some time away from the tour to be with them. He skipped the British Open and
had close runs at the Masters and U.S. Open, but came up empty in both.
"This wasn't a banner year. This certainly makes it a much better year than it
was," said Mickelson, who finished second in the FedEx Cup race. "I look at it
as a fortunate year. Long-term, both Amy and my mom are going to be great."
Sean O'Hair shot a one-under 69 and came in third place at five-under 275.
Third-round leader Kenny Perry struggled to a four-over 74 and tied for fourth
place with Padraig Harrington, who shot a one-under 69. The pair finished at
While the race for the FedEx Cup involved scenarios and projected finishes,
Mickelson went about taking the only step he could to have any chance at
winning the year-long race -- win the Tour Championship.
Mickelson began the final round four behind Perry, but two early birdies at
three and four drew him closer. Perry had a birdie and two bogeys through five
holes and Mickelson was only one off the lead.
At the eighth, Mickelson nearly holed his approach, but settled for a birdie
that tied him for first. The par-five ninth proved to be a swing hole.
Mickelson ran home a 12-footer for birdie to move one in front, but Perry, in
the group behind Mickelson, couldn't get on in three and walked off with a
bogey to fall two back.
No one mounted a true charge at Mickelson, including Woods. The game's best
bogeyed No. 1, bogeyed 13 and had all pars in between. His first birdie came
at the 15th and he made it two in row at 16, but Mickelson was too much to
Lefty made a vintage Mickelson birdie at No. 16. He missed the green with his
second, but holed the chip to move to nine-under par. Mickelson parred 17 and
came up woefully short at the par-three closing hole. He pitched to four feet
and holed the putt for his second win at this championship.
"It really feels great to have won," said Mickelson, who pocketed $1.35
million for the title and an additional $3 million for coming in second in the
FedEx Cup. "Even though I didn't win the FedEx Cup, I won the last event of
the year. I feel great about my game."
Woods may not have felt great about his game on Sunday, but it was still a
spectacular -- albeit a majorless -- 2009 season.
He won six times on the PGA Tour, including a blowout victory at the third
playoff event, the BMW Championship. Woods' season isn't quite over with the
Presidents Cup, some overseas tournaments and his own unofficial championship
"The whole idea is to be consistent the entire season and position yourself as
best you possibly can for the playoffs," said Woods. "I played well. When I
didn't win, I was in the top 10 and kept accumulating points. In the playoffs,
I played pretty good.
"Only thing is I wish would've got a few more [wins]."
Jim Furyk (67) and Steve Marino (71) shared seventh at two-under 278. Ernie
Els posted a one-over 71 on Sunday and took ninth place at one-under-par 279.
U.S. Open winner Lucas Glover (69), Jerry Kelly (71) and John Senden (71)
shared 10th at even-par 280.
09/27 18:51:27 ET