Scottsdale, AZ (Sportsbook Betting Lines) - Phil Mickelson fired a 4-under 67 on Sunday to complete a dominant, wire-to-wire victory at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Mickelson, who also won this event in 1996 and 2005, came within a horse-shoed putt of shooting 59 in the first round and never relented. The left-hander carded a 65 on Friday, matched the tournament's 54-hole scoring mark with a 64 on Saturday, and tallied five birdies during the final round to finish at 28- under 256, which tied for the second-lowest score in a 72-hole PGA Tour event.
"It's a hard thing to do, win on the PGA Tour, and I'm very appreciative and fortunate," Mickelson said in a televised interview. "It's been a year. I was nervous heading into today's round. It means a lot to get back in the winners circle."
Scott Piercy fired a 61 and placed third at 23-under, Ryan Moore (65) took fourth at 22-under and Ryan Palmer (62) finished in fifth at minus-19.
Spurred by four birdies, Snedeker managed to halve his deficit by the turn, although Mickelson did manage to provide some fireworks during his outward nine.
On No. 4 he rolled home a long birdie putt, an effort which paled against his feat on the seventh. There, the lefty faced a 57-foot, bending, right-to-left putt. In order to effectively play the break, Mickelson was forced to run the ball into the first cut. He did so, and when the ball returned to the green it surged left and found the cup for birdie.
Snedeker, who narrowly missed a long birdie putt on No. 10, managed to save par on the 13th despite facing an unplayable lie when his drive landed under a bush. After a drop, he sent his third shot into a greenside bunker, but got up and down for a five and righted himself with a trio of successive birdies starting at No. 15.
Snedeker managed a par on the hole, allowing Mickelson to wrap up the impressive win with a par of his own on the last.
NOTES: Mickelson joined Arnold Palmer, Mark Calcavecchia and Gene Littler as the only three-time winners of this event ... Tommy Armour owns the lowest 72- hole scoring mark in a PGA Tournament. He shot 254 at the 2003 Valero Texas Open. Rookie Russell Henley ended with a 256 at the 2013 Sony Open in Hawaii ... Mickelson's 54-hole total of 24-under 189 equaled Calcavecchia's record from 2001 ... Defending champion Kyle Stanley finished in 74th place at even par.
Philadelphia, PA (Sportsbook Betting Lines) - Phil Mickelson won the Phoenix Open for the third time on Sunday, but even in victory he produced several "what-if" moments. The first round ended with Mickelson's birdie putt for 59 horse-shoeing the hole. It was a cruel twist of fate that you can see here, if you haven't caught it before: http://tinyurl.com/abbldzn
The near miss on his final hole Thursday resonated through the week as Mickelson went on to miss the PGA Tour's 36-hole scoring record after making double-bogey on his final hole Friday.
LaDainian Tomlinson Favorite to be 2007 NFL MVP
With the first NFL preseason game less than two weeks away, it is time to start thinking about football once again at MySportsbook.com. Reigning NFL MVP LaDainian Tomlinson is currently the 5-1 co-favorite to win the award again alongside Super Bowl MVP Peyton Manning.
This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone after his all out assault on the record books last season. For those suffering from amnesia or were under a rock last football season, all L.T. did last season was set the NFL record for rushing touchdowns (28), total touchdowns (31) and total points scored (186) to go along with his 1815 rushing yards and 508 receiving yards. At 6-1, Tom Brady is next in line which isn’t surprising considering all of the firepower the Pats added over the off-season. With the addition of Randy Moss, Donte Stallworth and Wes Welker; it would be quite difficult for Brady’s numbers not to improve from last years 3529 yards and 24 touchdowns. There appears to be some decent value in Drew Bees at 10-1 considering he probably would have won the award last year if it wasn’t for L.T.’s record breaking season.
There is no reason to think the Saints will come back to earth this season and playing in a weak NFC, they should have as good a shot as any to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. At 15-1, Donovan McNabb could also be worth a look. Remember, many felt he was the MVP of the first half of the season before going down with a season ending injury. Reportedly, he is in great shape and well ahead of schedule to return to form. Also, he could have some added motivation to put up big numbers this season with the Eagles using their first pick in the draft on McNabb’s future successor Kevin Kolb.
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