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Colonial ending is typical Mickelson

By STEPHEN HAWKINS
Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas — Another memorable shot, and another victory, for Phil Mickelson’s impressive ledger.

It wasn’t the 9-foot birdie putt on the final hole that gave him a one-stroke victory at the Crowne Plaza Invitational Sunday. Instead, it was the 140-yard wedge from heavy rough that set it up: when Mickelson had to hit under one tree and over another, the ball clipping branches while headed sky-high.

PHOTO SLIDESHOW: Lefty crowned king of Colonial

“Just lucky,” Mickelson said, with a smile. “I’m as surprised as anybody I was able to make a 3 from over there.”

Once Mickelson hit the ball — “it just came off perfectly,” he said — he couldn’t see it through the branches. So he took a couple of steps before jogging through the trees into an opening just in time to see the ball fall back to earth near the flag.

One of Mickelson’s best shots ever?

“Probably top five,” Lefty responded, pointing out that he had already discussed that with his wife, Amy.

“That’s what No. 2s in the world do,” said Rod Pampling, who blew a two-stroke lead on the back nine. “Those guys make those kinds of shots.”

The birdie closed out a round of 2-under 68 that got Mickelson to 14-under 266, a stroke better than Pampling (68) and Tim Clark (66) for his second victory at Colonial.

It was the 34th career victory for Mickelson, who also won the Northern Trust Open in February and is the only person on the PGA Tour with multiple victories in each of the past five seasons.

Mickelson began the final round with a one-stroke lead. But like the day before, he fell behind before regaining the lead on his final putt of the day.

Pampling, playing with Mickelson, made the turn at 14 under. He still led by one after saving par out of a greenside bunker at the 188-yard 16th.

But on the ensuing drive at the 382-yard 17th, Pampling hit the ball way right toward a ditch. He had to take a penalty stroke after a drop — though that put his ball where it could be seen rather than buried in heavy rough at the edge of a concrete gully. He managed to get the approach shot into a bunker, then blasted to 4 feet, pushing both arms in the air before tapping in the bogey. That came after Mickelson had two-putted from 28 feet for par.

After Mickelson’s final drive went well left, Pampling drove down the middle of the fairway. But Pampling left his approach 38 feet away, his second putt going in after Mickelson had already made his birdie.

“Came close again at the end,” said Pampling, who finished third at Colonial two years after a double bogey at No. 15. “I hope next time, I’ll be good to go.”

Pampling still may have done enough to get into the top 50 for a spot in the U.S. Open.

Clark had birdies at Nos. 16 and 17 to get to 13 under and tie for the lead.

Pampling hit his tee shot at 16 into the right greenside bunker, and blasted within 9 feet. After Mickelson made par, Pampling took extra time to examine his line and then saved par, pumping his right fist hard in the air as the ball dropped into the hole.

“At times I got nervy, I was trying to relax, do breathing and focused what I have to do. I was fine out there,” Pampling said. “It was bad swing on 17. It was the only one I was disappointed in.”

As Mickleson and Pampling were finishing No. 17, Clark’s 14-foot birdie chance at the closing hole curled just short. He finished second for the sixth time in his career, still without a victory.

“I wasn’t trying to force anything. I was playing the course the way I did the first few days,” Clark said. “I made some good shots coming in and made a few putts. It was disappointing I left 18 short.”

Stephen Ames (70) finished fourth at 269, a stroke ahead of Ben Crane (67).

Mickelson earned $1.098 million, nearly double the $594,000 check he got for winning the last Colonial eight years ago, and surpassed $49 million in career earnings. He is the 11th player to win multiple times at Hogan’s Alley, where five-time champion Ben Hogan is the only golfer to win more than twice.

Mickelson was back within a stroke after getting on the green at the 611-yard 11th in two, then two-putting from 33 feet. Pampling, the Australian native who lives in nearby Flower Mound and gets to play Colonial often, hit his first two shots there out of the rough before a 13-foot birdie chance stopped right by the hole.

But they kept matching pars after that — until the final two holes.

When Mickelson got to the 6th tee in front of the huge scoreboard Sunday, he still had a one-stroke lead over Pampling. That was the spot the day before when Mickelson realized he had dropped out of the lead and three strokes behind Pampling, who was in a different group then.

But Mickelson didn’t hold his lead much longer.

After driving into the right rough at the 394-yard hole, Mickelson’s shot from there hit a tree branch and ricocheted left into the fairway, though he managed to save par after hitting the third shot within 3 1/2 feet. But Pampling got even with a 48-foot birdie putt off the fringe, after coming out of his stance once and turning around to ask a spectator to turn off their phone.

Then at No. 7, Pampling outdrove Mickelson by 60 yards and made a 7-foot birdie putt to get to 13 under, a stroke ahead.

Pampling made it a two-stroke lead after his approach at No. 9 was within 4 feet for another birdie. Mickelson’s 16-foot attempt slid right of the hole.

“He looked like he was in control,” Mickelson said. “I was obviously very fortunate to come out on top.”

Divots: Mickelson is the seventh Colonial winner who had at least a share of the 54-hole lead. … Geoff Ogilvy, the No. 7-ranked player, followed an opening 72 with three subpar rounds and finished tied for seventh at 273. Ogilvy and Mickelson were the only of the five top-10 players in the field to make the cut.

Final scores with relation to par from the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, played May 22-25 at the par-70, 7,054-yard Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas (Note: a-amateur):

1. Phil Mickelson (4,500)
$1,098,000
65-68-65-68–266

-14 2. Tim Clark (2,200)
536,800
68-69-64-66–267

-13 2. Rod Pampling (2,200)
536,800
69-67-63-68–267

-13 4. Stephen Ames (1,200)
292,800
68-67-64-70–269

-11 5. Ben Crane (1,000)
244,000
68-68-67-67–270

-10 6. Pat Perez (900)
219,600
72-68-67-65–272

-8 7. Geoff Ogilvy (806)
196,725
72-64-69-68–273

-7 7. Jeff Quinney (806)
196,725
71-68-66-68–273

-7 9. Matt Kuchar (725)
176,900
70-64-71-69–274

-6 10. Steve Marino (575)
140,300
68-70-71-66–275

-5 10. Tommy Armour III (575)
140,300
71-66-68-70–275

-5 10. Mark Wilson (575)
140,300
70-67-68-70–275

-5 10. Paul Goydos (575)
140,300
68-71-66-70–275

-5 10. Brian Gay (575)
140,300
69-65-69-72–275

-5 15. Ryan Palmer (330)
80,409
70-70-69-67–276

-4 15. Charlie Wi (330)
80,409
71-70-67-68–276

-4 15. Ian Poulter (330)
80,409
68-70-69-69–276

-4 15. Brett Quigley (330)
80,409
70-69-67-70–276

-4 15. Chris DiMarco (330)
80,409
72-69-65-70–276

-4 15. Mike Weir (330)
80,409
71-69-66-70–276

-4 15. Corey Pavin (330)
80,409
67-69-69-71–276

-4 15. Briny Baird (330)
80,409
68-70-67-71–276

-4 15. Jerry Kelly (330)
80,409
68-71-66-71–276

-4 15. Lucas Glover (330)
80,409
70-70-65-71–276

-4 15. Kevin Sutherland (330)
80,409
67-68-68-73–276

-4 26. Nathan Green (178)
43,310
71-68-71-67–277

-3 26. Heath Slocum (178)
43,310
74-68-67-68–277

-3 26. Sean O'Hair (178)
43,310
72-70-66-69–277

-3 26. David Toms (178)
43,310
72-69-66-70–277

-3 26. Dean Wilson (178)
43,310
72-69-66-70–277

-3 26. Bart Bryant (178)
43,310
72-65-69-71–277

-3 26. Alex Cejka (178)
43,310
67-72-67-71–277

-3 33. Nick O'Hern (129)
31,546
70-70-72-66–278

-2 33. Carl Pettersson (129)
31,546
72-69-70-67–278

-2 33. Justin Leonard (129)
31,546
70-72-69-67–278

-2 33. Richard Johnson (129)
31,546
67-69-72-70–278

-2 33. George McNeill (129)
31,546
69-71-68-70–278

-2 33. Ben Curtis (129)
31,546
69-71-67-71–278

-2 33. Mark Brooks (129)
31,546
67-68-70-73–278

-2 40. Anthony Kim (95)
23,180
69-72-70-68–279

-1 40. Glen Day (95)
23,180
66-74-69-70–279

-1 40. Kevin Stadler (95)
23,180
71-70-68-70–279

-1 40. Joe Ogilvie (95)
23,180
72-70-67-70–279

-1 40. Daniel Chopra (95)
23,180
73-68-67-71–279

-1 40. Jose Coceres (95)
23,180
68-69-69-73–279

-1 46. Steve Elkington (68)
16,592
73-67-72-68–280

E 46. Kenny Perry (68)
16,592
70-69-71-70–280

E 46. Jon Mills (68)
16,592
72-69-69-70–280

E 46. Mathew Goggin (68)
16,592
67-73-69-71–280

E 46. Johnson Wagner (68)
16,592
63-71-73-73–280

E 46. Brian Bateman (68)
16,592
70-65-70-75–280

E 52. Brett Wetterich (58)
14,082
65-76-72-68–281
+ 1 52. Ryan Moore (58)
14,082
71-68-71-71–281
+ 1 52. Jason Bohn (58)
14,082
73-67-70-71–281
+ 1 52. Billy Mayfair (58)
14,082
71-69-69-72–281
+ 1 52. N. Thompson (58)
14,082
71-69-69-72–281
+ 1 52. Tim Herron (58)
14,082
73-67-68-73–281
+ 1 52. Vaughn Taylor (58)
14,082
67-68-70-76–281
+ 1 59. Arron Oberholser (55)
13,298
70-71-71-70–282
+ 2 59. Kevin Na (55)
13,298
70-71-70-71–282
+ 2 59. John Merrick (55)
13,298
70-70-70-72–282
+ 2 59. Brian Davis (55)
13,298
68-72-70-72–282
+ 2 59. Parker McLachlin (55)
13,298
70-70-70-72–282
+ 2 64. Chez Reavie (52)
12,688
73-68-72-70–283
+ 3 64. Tag Ridings (52)
12,688
69-68-72-74–283
+ 3 64. Steve Lowery (52)
12,688
68-67-73-75–283
+ 3 64. James Driscoll (52)
12,688
69-70-69-75–283
+ 3 64. Robert Garrigus (52)
12,688
70-69-67-77–283
+ 3 69. Olin Browne (51)
12,322
74-68-71-71–284
+ 4 70. Bo Van Pelt (50)
12,139
72-70-71-72–285
+ 5 70. Rocco Mediate (50)
12,139
73-68-70-74–285
+ 5 72. Bubba Watson (49)
11,956
69-73-69-75–286
+ 6 73. Patrick Sheehan (49)
11,834
70-72-67-78–287
+ 7 • • •

Made cut/Did not finish

74. Chris Kirk 0
11,468
72-70-72–214
+ 4 74. Dustin Johnson (47)
11,468
73-69-72–214
+ 4 74. Fulton Allem (47)
11,468
72-69-73–214
+ 4 74. Charley Hoffman (47)
11,468
72-69-73–214
+ 4 74. Rich Beem (47)
11,468
73-68-73–214
+ 4 79. Steve Flesch (46)
11,102
72-70-74–216
+ 6 • • •

Missed the cut

80. Jason Gore

70-73–143
+ 3 80. Ted Purdy

73-70–143
+ 3 80. Jesper Parnevik

71-72–143
+ 3 80. John Rollins

73-70–143
+ 3 80. Scott Verplank

69-74–143
+ 3 80. Dudley Hart

67-76–143
+ 3 80. Bill Haas

71-72–143
+ 3 80. K.J. Choi

73-70–143
+ 3 80. Mark Hensby

73-70–143
+ 3 80. Fredrik Jacobson

71-72–143
+ 3 80. David Frost

72-71–143
+ 3 91. Cliff Kresge

70-74–144
+ 4 91. Rory Sabbatini

71-73–144
+ 4 91. Greg Kraft

70-74–144
+ 4 91. Jason Day

77-67–144
+ 4 91. Ken Duke

70-74–144
+ 4 91. J.J. Henry

72-72–144
+ 4 91. Todd Hamilton

71-73–144
+ 4 91. D.J. Trahan

71-73–144
+ 4 99. Tom Lehman

73-72–145
+ 5 99. Colt Knost

71-74–145
+ 5 99. Michael Letzig

72-73–145
+ 5 99. Jim Furyk

71-74–145
+ 5 99. John Senden

72-73–145
+ 5 104. Chad Campbell

76-70–146
+ 6 104. John Mallinger

73-73–146
+ 6 104. Nick Flanagan

69-77–146
+ 6 104. Brandt Jobe

70-76–146
+ 6 104. Tim Petrovic

71-75–146
+ 6 104. Frank Lickliter II

73-73–146
+ 6 104. Y.E. Yang

72-74–146
+ 6 104. Doug LaBelle II

73-73–146
+ 6 112. Marco Dawson

72-75–147
+ 7 112. Joe Durant

74-73–147
+ 7 112. Hunter Mahan

75-72–147
+ 7 112. Robert Gamez

74-73–147
+ 7 112. a-Jamie Lovemark

76-71–147
+ 7 112. Steve Stricker

74-73–147
+ 7 112. Roland Thatcher

76-71–147
+ 7 119. Billy Andrade

76-72–148
+ 8 119. Matt Jones

72-76–148
+ 8 121. Harrison Frazar

79-71–150
+ 10 121. Lee Janzen

80-70–150
+ 10 123. Tom Pernice Jr.

77-74–151
+ 11 123. Keith Clearwater

76-75–151
+ 11 WD. Shane Bertsch

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