How it happened: Mickelson wins WMPO title

Phil Mickelson carried a six-shot lead into the final round at the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Sunday.

Phil Mickelson carried a six-shot lead into the final round at the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Sunday.

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Brandt Snedeker gave Phil Mickelson a run for his money, but Mickelson's six-shot advantage proved to be too much as Lefty held on to win the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Sunday.

Mickelson fired a final-round, 4-under 67 to hold off Snedeker, who shot a 6-under 65. Snedeker cut Mickelson's lead to three shots with a birdie at No. 9, but could never get it any lower.

See how Sunday's action unfolded:

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Update No. 28, 5:38 p.m.

Snedeker has problems with his second shot out of the fairway bunker, sending it well right of the green. He duffs his chip and leaves it short of the green. He picks up a bogey to finish with a 6-under 65.

Mickelson picks up an easy two-putt par to secure a four-shot victory.

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Update No. 27, 5:27 p.m.

Snedeker pounds his ball at the finishing par-4 18th, but smacks it a bit too far and finds a fairway bunker. Meanwhile, Mickelson gets a bit lucky after his tee ball hits a cement fence on the left and bounds back into the rough.

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Update No. 26, 5:21 p.m.

After a fabulous flop shot to about 12 feet, Mickelson drains his birdie putt to move to 28 under, still three shots ahead of Snedeker, who also birdies.

Meanwhile, Scott Piercy fires a 10-under 61 behind a birdie at No. 18 and is currently solo third at 23 under.

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Update No. 25, 5:12 p.m.

Both Snedeker and Mickelson try to get after the green at the par-4 17th hole, and Lefty flirts with disaster on the left side, stopping right in front of the water.

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Update No. 24, 5:07 p.m.

Scott Piercy adds his ninth birdie of the day at No. 17 to move to 22 under on the tournament and is solo third.

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Update No. 23, 5:05 p.m.

Mickelson's 15-footer for birdie slides by on the left and he settles for a par, but Snedeker doesn't miss his and he cuts the lead to three strokes with two holes to play.

They move to the drivable par-4 17th.

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Update No. 22, 4:58 p.m.

Advantage Snedeker, who sticks his tee ball at the par-3 16th to about 5 feet, while Mickelson will have about 15 feet for birdie. Snedeker shoots Mickelson a playful look after the ball comes to rest.

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Update No. 21, 4:54 p.m.

Brandt Snedeker is running out of holes, despite a birdie at the par-5 15th hole, which Mickelson matches with a 4-footer. Mickelson retains his four-shot advantage with three to play.

And now comes the loud and entertaining par-3 16th hole.

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Update No. 20, 4:34 p.m.

Snedeker nearly drains a 35-footer for birdie, leaving it about 6 inches short and settling for a solid par on the long par-4. Meanwhile, Mickelson gets up-and-down for par as well, making an 8-footer to save par after a solid sand shot.

Scott Piercy buries another birdie putt on No. 15 to get to 21 under and is 8 under on his current round. He is now solo third, one back of Snedeker.

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Update No. 19, 4:29 p.m.

Mickelson misses the green in regulation with his second shot at the par-4 14th, but Snedeker is staring at a long birdie attempt after playing a suspect second shot into the green from the middle of the fairway.

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Update No. 17, 4:23 p.m.

Snedeker has the advantage off the tee at the par-4 14th hole, splitting the middle while Mickelson goes left and into the long rough.

Meanwhile, Scott Piercy has moved to 7 under through 14 holes with a birdie at No. 14 to jump to 20 under and into a share of third with Ryan Moore.

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Update No. 16, 4:18 p.m.

Phil Mickelson's lead is back to four shots after a two-putt birdie and a Brandt Snedeker par on the par-5 13th hole. Snedeker played a fantastic bunker shot to about 4 feet to save par.

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Update No. 15, 4:13 p.m.

Brandt Snedeker finds his first trouble of the day, sending his drive left and into a bush on No. 13, causing him to take an unplayable lie and picking up a penalty stroke. Meanwhile, Mickelson put his second ball on the green at the par-5.

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Update No. 14, 3:55 p.m.

Snedeker gives his birdie try on the par-3 12th good pace, but it runs by on the right and he settles for a par. But, it won't hurt him after Mickelson misses a 10-footer for birdie, sending it past on the left. Mickelson has had a chance to give himself some breathing room on the last two holes, but his putter is letting him down at this point.

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Update No. 13, 3:52 p.m.

Ryan Palmer ends his round with a birdie to card a 9-under 62, tying his career low. He is currently T-3 at 19 under.

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Update No. 12, 3:43 p.m.

From just off the green at No. 11, Snedeker just doesn't hit his birdie putt hard enough and settles for a par. But Mickelson can't take advantage, also leaving his short and he keeps his three-shot advantage. Neither player was happy about leaving easy putts short.

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Update No. 11, 3:30 p.m.

Snedeker thought he had another one at the par-4 10th hole, but the ball slips past on the left and settles about 3 inches from the cup. Mickelson can't take advantage from 12 feet, pushing his birdie attempt to the left. Lefty's lead remains three shots with eight holes to play.

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Update No. 10, 3:17 p.m.

And then the lead was three. Brandt Snedeker picks up his fourth birdie of the day at No. 9, while Mickelson settles for a par. Snedeker has cut Mickelson's lead in half with plenty of birdie holes in front of them.

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Update No. 9, 3 p.m.

After an aggressive second shot into the green that left him 3 feet, Phil Mickelson can't convert, pushing his birdie attempt to the left and he settles for par. Snedeker also two-putts and Mickelson's lead stays at four shots. Mickelson look disgusted with himself after that miss.

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Update No. 8, 2:44 p.m.

Even with a four-shot lead, Phil Mickelson is still very creative and buries a 60-footer over a ridge (nearly touching the rough with the putt) to move to 25 under. Moments later, Brandt Snedeker matches the birdie and Mickelson's lead remains four. They share a laugh at the back of the green with a little fist bump.

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Update No. 7, 2:40 p.m.

There are some very low numbers being worked on at TPC Scottsdale. Kevin Stadler has jumped 25 spots to T-10 by going 7 under through 14 holes, while Bo Van Pelt is now T-12 by also going 7 under through 14. Matt Every, Bubba Watson, Ryan Palmer and David Hearn are all 6 under on their rounds.

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Update No. 6, 2:28 p.m.

Folks, we have a ballgame. Brandt Snedeker runs in a birdie bomb and Phil Mickelson powers his birdie attempt past the hole and picks up a par at the par-4 6th hole, leaving Snedeker four shots back with 12 holes to play. No one in the final group challenged the hole with their approach shots.

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Update No. 5, 2:17 p.m.

Phil Mickelson misses a 12-footer for birdie on the par-4 5th hole and remains at 24 under, but Brandt Snedeker can't make up any ground after an errant second shot left him scrambling to save par, which he did. Mickelson remains five shots ahead.

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Update No. 4, 1:56 p.m.

Phil Mickelson bogeyed the par-4 second, but has bounced back with a birdie at the par-3 fourth. Lefty is still at 24 under, five shots ahead of Brandt Snedeker (19 under), who is 1 under through four holes today.

Also, Matt Every hasn't added to his birdie total today and he's still 4 under through seven holes now. Ryan Palmer is 6 under through 10 holes. He's got the lowest total of the day going so far along with Bo Van Pelt.

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Update No. 3, 1:29 p.m.

Matt Every is the second player so far today to start out 4 under through five holes on the front nine. Every is now T-4 at 16 under overall.

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Update No. 2, 1:21 p.m.

Pars all around for the lead group, as Phil Mickelson, Brandt Snedeker and Padraig Harrington all make par at the opening hole. Meanwhile, Ryan Moore has moved past Harrington and into solo third at 17 under, and Ryan Palmer has cooled off – he's now 4 under through seven holes thanks to a bogey at No. 7.

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Update No. 1, 12:56 p.m.

Phil Mickelson is about to tee off, but first we'll bring you up to speed on what has happened so far today:

• Ryan Palmer is off to a hot start with three birdies and an eagle in his first six holes. He's 5 under on the day, 15 under overall, and unlike some of the other quick starts we've seen this week, Palmer started on No. 1.

• Bubba Watson is 4 under through nine holes and has worked his way to 12 under overall. Also at 12 under overall and 4 under for the day is Kevin Stadler.

• Matt Every is looking for his first top 10 of the season. Every, who is currently T-7 at 14 under, has missed two cuts and finished T-60 at Farmers to begin the year.

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Round 3 coverage

5 THINGS: Phil Mickelson's full genius has been on display through three rounds at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Story.

TRACKER: Phil Mickelson began the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open with a four-shot lead, and extended it to six shots with a third-round 64. How it happened.

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Round 2 coverage

TRACKER: He didn't make a run at 59 again, but Phil Mickelson turned in another strong round Friday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale. Story.

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Round 1 coverage

TRACKER: In a week overshadowed by Vijay Singh's admittance of taking a banned substance, Phil Mickelson took command of the headlines Thursday at TPC Scottsdale. See how it unfolded.

OH, SO CLOSE: Phil Mickelson held his head in horror on the ninth green, his 18th of the day. His 26-foot putt birdie putt for 59 curled around the hole and stayed out. Story.

NO EXCUSES: Vijay Singh has no one to blame but himself. Apparently he agrees. Ostensibly that is why he said Wednesday that he is “angry” for unwittingly having taken a banned substance. In turn, he left himself open to a possible PGA Tour suspension. Story.

SINGH WITHDRAWS: Vijay Singh withdraws from the Waste Management Phoenix Open, a day after saying he used deer-antler spray. Story.

MR. 59: Bo Van Pelt fired a course-record 59 in Wednesday's pro-am at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, but it won't go down in the record books because it was in the pro-am. Story.

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Pre-tournament coverage

READY TO GET ROWDY? It's almost here: "The Greatest Show on Grass." Last year a record 173,210 spectators packed TPC Scottsdale on Saturday for the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Here are 5 Things to expect this week . . . Story.

'SHOCKED:' Vijay Singh expressed shock and anger when it was disclosed in a Sports Illustrated article that he was taking a banned substance, according to a statement released Wednesday by Singh here at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Story.

WEEKLY PICKS: Half of our panel agrees that there is a man to beat this week: Nick Watney. And after a T-4 and T-13 to start the season, there is little reason to disagree. Our predictions.

DUFNER THE FAVORITE: Jason Dufner, a 12-1 favorite with Las Vegas oddsmakers, has contended in the past two Waste Management Phoenix Opens at TPC at Scottsdale, finishing tied for eighth last year after a runner-up showing in 2011. Story.

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