Mickelson Champions 2018 WGC Mexico
The 2018 World Golf Classic – Mexico Championship at Club de Golf Chapultepec, Mexico City, Mex., saw Phil Mickelson lift the cup for the first time in nearly five years after defeating Justin Thomas in a playoff.
Coming in to the weekend, Mickelson hadn’t won a PGA Tour event since 2013; Thomas could use his fingers to count the days since he was last on top.
“I try to look calm on the outside, but on the inside I’m shaking and I enjoy that; that’s what was so fun, and that nervousness starting the round, before the round and all the preparation, all those nerves that you feel, I haven’t felt that in a long time because I haven’t been in the last group in a long time, and so it’s been really fun.” – Phil Mickelson
Despite falling in the first hole of the sudden death playoff, Thomas can hold his head high after another strong showing. With two PGA Tour wins under his belt already this season, his 36 hole score of -16 ties the PGA Tour record (Stuart Appleby, 2010 Greenbriar Classic,) and his walk-off Eagle from 120 yards out to end regulation was the shot of the tournament.
The win was the 43rd of Mickelson’s career, and first with younger brother Tim as caddie. The popular lefty won his first PGA Tour event as an amateur in 1991, roughly two years before Justin Thomas was born. Mickelson has made no secret of his desire to win 50 Tour events, a tall task considering no golfer has ever had more than 5 PGA victories after the age of 42.
“I don’t know what to say. It has been a tough go the last four years. Not playing my best, but having the belief that I was going to get there and finally break through and to do it feels incredible. I believe that more is to come." – Phil Mickelson
The immediate future looks to play in Phil’s favor. Along with the upcoming Masters, an event he has already won three times, the only Major standing between Mickelson and the career grand slam – the US Open – is to be played at Shinnecock Hills this year, a course that in 2004 saw the third of his record 6 Open runner-up finishes.
"I don't think this is the peak," Mickelson told the AP. "I think I'm going to continue to get better."