PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — In his third week with a new coach, Phil Mickelson suddenly looks as good as ever.
Mickelson added a mini-major to his collection Sunday by winning The Players Championship with control that had been lacking the last three months, closing with a 3-under 69 for a two-shot victory that returned him to No. 2 in the world and pointed him in the right direction with the U.S. Open approaching.
Sergio Garcia birdied four of his last five holes for a 66, but he was a ceremonial runner-up.
The real victim was Sean O’Hair, and the familiar culprit was that island green on the par-3 17th at the TPC Sawgrass. O’Hair was two shots behind until his 9-iron flew the green into the water.