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Phil Mickelson holds off Miguel Angel Jimenez for third PGA Tour Champions win

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Phil Mickelson received for the third time in 4 profession begins on the PGA Tour Champions, closing with a 4-under 68 on Sunday for a 2-shot victory within the Constellation Furyk & Pals.

The 51-year-old Mickelson received for the primary time since his out-of-nowhere triumph on the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island in Could for his sixth profession main title. He has struggled on the PGA Tour since then, and this was his first Champions occasion since February.

Miguel Angel Jimenez battled with Mickelson all through the day at breezy Timuquana Nation Membership and pulled even with birdies on the par-5 13th — the place Mickelson three-putted for par — and the par-3 14th. However Mickelson transformed a two-putt birdie on the par-5 15th to maneuver forward for good.

“He performed some actually good golf. He made a terrific up-and-down on 13 and the shot on 14 was actually spectacular. That par 3, that is a tough pin — it rolls left of the pin, proper of the pin. He simply caught it in there tight and would not go away,” Mickelson stated about Jimenez. “I used to be appreciative that I used to be in a position to birdie two coming in and are available out on high, but it surely was a tricky day.”

Jimenez additionally shot a 68, practically holing a protracted birdie putt on the par-4 18th that might have pressured Mickelson to make his 10-foot birdie for the win. Mickelson holed it anyway for the 2-shot margin.

“On the again 9, we have been there shut, shut, shut, tie, and he [makes] a birdie on the 15th, however I used to be shut. Then likelihood for birdie on 17, that is the sport, you understand? He is enjoying very nicely,” Jimenez stated.

Mickelson completed the first-year occasion at 15-under 201. Final yr, he opened his senior profession with consecutive victories in Missouri and Virginia.

Mickelson birdied the primary three holes however blocked his tee shot left on the par-Four fifth, resulting in a double bogey.

“You do this on the common tour, you simply get eaten alive, you simply cannot make these errors there and have an opportunity to compete and contend and win,” he stated. “So I like how you do not have to be excellent and I can get away with a shot or two right here or there.”

Mickelson stated he plans to play at the least two extra tournaments on the 50-and-over tour this fall — in Richmond, Virginia, the place he is the defending champion, and on the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix.

Steve Flesch (71) was third at 10 below. Match host Jim Furyk (69) was a part of a three-way tie for fourth at 9 below with Cameron Beckman (68) and Ernie Els (71). Bernhard Langer closed with a 67 to tie for seventh at eight below, permitting the 64-year-old to take care of his place atop the Charles Schwab Cup standings with 4 occasions remaining within the season.

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