Mickelson wins second Champions title with victory in Virginia
Phil Mickelson became just the third player in Champions Tour history to secure his second Champions title in as many starts with a three-shot victory Sunday at the Dominion Energy Charity Classic in Richmond, Va.
Mickelson fired a 7-under 65 in his final round at The Country Club of Virginia's James River Course to finish with a 17-under 199 total and beat fellow lefty Mike Weir of Canada by three shots. Mickelson joins Bruce Fleisher (1999) and Jim Furyk (2020) as the only two players to win their first two starts on the over-50 tour.
"I have a lot of fun playing out here because I can play aggressive," said Mickelson, who carded four birdies on the front and four on the back with a lone bogey at coming at No. 9.
"I can get away with a couple of misses and play the way I like to play ... play a little bit more attacking style -- I really enjoy that."
Mickelson's bogey at the ninth came after an errant drive cost him a penalty shot on the tee with what he admitted was a new driver in his bag in preparation for The Masters, set for Nov. 12-15.
"That kind of fried me a little bit," said Mickelson regarding he tee shot at No. 9. "I was able to play a good back nine, but you can't make those mistakes. And I was lucky to get away with it because I came back and played well, but that's something I've been working on and it will give me something to work on in the coming weeks as we head into Augusta."
Second-round leader Mike Weir, who started the day with a three-shot lead after a blistering 63 on Saturday, failed to get any momentum going and finished with a final-round 71 and 14-under total. Weir made three birdies and two bogeys in his round and finished alone in second place for his best Champions Tour finish in eight starts.
Rounding out the top five were Paul Goydos, who shot 65 to finish third at 13 under, and Brandt Jobe (68) and Germany's Bernhard Langer (67), who finished tied for fourth at 12 under.
Last year's champion, Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez (67) finished tied for 18th at 6 under.
According to the event's broadcast, the win propelled Mickelson up 10 spots -- from 18th to eighth place -- in the Charles Schwab Cup standings.
Schwab Cup leader Ernie Els of South Africa, who turned 51 on Saturday, shot 68 to finish tied for ninth with Sweden's Robert Karlsson. Karlsson shot 64 to match the low round of the day with Kenny Perry, who finished in a three-way tie for sixth place with South Korea's K.J. Choi (66) and South Africa's Retief Goosen (69).
--Field Level Media
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