Phil Mickelson returned to the winner’s circle as he earned his first PGA Tour victory since 2013 by beating Justin Thomas in a sudden-death playoff at the WGC-Mexico Championship at Club de Golf Chapultepec in Naucalpan, Mexico.
Mickelson finished 16 under for the tournament after posting a five-under 66 in the final round.
Thomas started the fourth round about 40 minutes before Mickelson approached the first tee box, so he had an agonizing wait to see if his score would suffice. The 2017 PGA Championship winner wrapped up his round with one of the shots of the tournament, finding the cup from 121 yards to eagle 18th hole.
It looked like a three-man playoff was in store, as Mickelson and Tyrrell Hatton owned a share of the lead with one hole left. But Mickelson stayed at 16 under with a par on No. 18, and Hatton bogeyed to slip into a tie for third.
That set up a head-to-head battle between Mickelson and Thomas at No. 17. The hole had given Thomas trouble earlier in the day, as he bogeyed it.