Phil Mickelson wins World Golf Championship in Mexico in play-off with Justin Thomas, ending long drought

PHIL Mickelson ended his 5-yr event drought with a play-off victory over Justin Thomas on the WGC-Mexico Championship and summed it up in one phrase – "unimaginable".

A par putt on the primary playoff gap on Sunday earned forty seven-yr-previous Mickelson his first win in a hundred and one tournaments.

 Phil Mickelson celebrates with fans after winning the title in Mexico City

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Phil Mickelson celebrates with followers after profitable the title in Mexico Metropolis
 Phil Mickelson plays a chip in his final round on Sunday

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Phil Mickelson performs a chip in his ultimate spherical on Sunday

"I don't know what to say," he informed Golf Channel after claiming his first title since The Open at Muirfield in 2013.

"It has been a troublesome go the final 4 years.

“Not enjoying my greatest however to have the assumption I used to be going to get there and eventually break by way of and to do it feels unimaginable."

He overhauled Thomas’s two-stroke lead with birdie putts on the fifteenth and sixteenth holes in a spherical that included seven birdies and a pair of bogies.

Mickelson stated: "It simply validates the onerous work I’ve put in and the wrestle over the previous few years to get my recreation again.”

 Phil Mickelson lifts his first trophy since winning The Open in 2013

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Phil Mickelson lifts his first trophy since profitable The Open in 2013

And with the Masters arising in a month, the 5-occasions main winner believes he is usually a issue once more after lacking the minimize in 2016 and tying for twenty second final yr.

"I really feel like I’m beginning to play my greatest golf," stated Mickelson, who had slipped to thirty fourth in the world golf rankings however will rise to 18th this week.

"I do know and respect and admire how nice these younger gamers are. But I welcome and cherish the chance to compete towards them.

"To have a bit style of success this yr has been actually encouraging."

Nonetheless it didn’t come straightforward.

"I attempted to look calm on the surface however inside I’m shaking and I take pleasure in that," Mickelson stated.

"That was what was so enjoyable. All these nerves that you simply really feel. I haven't felt that in a long time as a result of I haven't been in the final group in a long time.

"So it has been actually enjoyable."

 Ryder Cup star Phil Mickelson reacts to a putt on Sunday

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Ryder Cup star Phil Mickelson reacts to a putt on Sunday

Mickelson, who captured his third World Golf Championship, now has forty three victories on the PGA Tour.

He cut up from his caddie Jim 'Bones' Macaky final yr after 25 years collectively.

The primary victory was in 1991 earlier than Thomas, Spieth and Rahm have been even born when he was an novice. He has long stated he needs to get to 50.

The extra pertinent quantity is perhaps forty eight. That's how previous Mickelson – who had big playing money owed in 2012 – shall be in June.

Nobody has gained greater than 5 occasions on the PGA Tour after turning forty seven.

"Oh, I’ll," Mickelson stated about reaching 50 titles. "I'll get there."

 Jordan Spieth plays out of the water in Mexico

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Jordan Spieth performs out of the water in Mexico

That's not all he needs. One among his chief objectives for the yr was to be on his twelfth consecutive Ryder Cup workforce for an opportunity to win in Europe, which he has by no means accomplished.

The victory ought to be sufficient to maneuver him to No. four in the standings. Given his worth in the group room, profitable the Mexico Championship makes it exhausting to miss Mickelson.

The main target is now on The Masters and an opportunity so as to add a fourth inexperienced jacket.

"I wanted to get a win earlier than Augusta so I wasn't making an attempt to win for the primary time in 4-and-a-half, 5 years at that occasion," he stated.

PHIL Mickelson ended his 5-yr event drought with a play-off victory over Justin Thomas on the WGC-Mexico Championship and summed it up in one phrase – "unimaginable".

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