Lefty back in the winner’s circle

Mickelson captures the WGC – Mexico Championship in dramatic fashion

It was only a matter of time.

Phil Mickelson is back on top after winning the WGC-Mexico Championship on Sunday with a four round total of 268, 16-under-par. It had been 97 starts since his last victory at the 2013 Open Championship, the longest drought of his career, and in typical Lefty fashion it was anything but ordinary.

Mickelson, starting the final round two strokes off the lead, defeated Justin Thomas in the first playoff hole to claim victory. Thomas, who played the final two rounds in 16-under-par, tying a PGA TOUR record, also sank his approach shot on the par-4 18th hole to grab a two-stroke lead. Undeterred, Phil went on to birdie two of his final four holes, including sinking a pivotal birdie putt on the par-4 16th to grab a share of the lead and hold off one of strongest leaderboards in professional golf. The victory marks Phil’s 43rd victory in his historic PGA TOUR career, and his first WGC win since 2009.

Mickelson has been knocking on the door, securing three top-6 finishes in a row, and has been feeling good about his game since the 2018 season began.

"To have the belief that I was going to get there and finally break through and do it feels incredible. I believe that more is to come."

Throughout the week in Mexico, Lefty hit 69.44% of his greens in regulation and dropped in 22 birdies over four days to take home the trophy and extend his season-long streak of great play. The victory also propelled him to third in the FedExCup standings.

To commemorate this win, KPMG will donate 5,000 books and refurbish a library in the Philadelphia School District as part of KPMG’s Family for Literacy initiative.  Knowing that strong reading skills are the basis for future success, and understanding that the toughest roadblock to children’s literacy in low-income communities is a lack of books, in 2008 KPMG established KFFL to combat childhood illiteracy. Since its inception in 2008, KFFL has distributed more than 3 million new books to low-income children in more than 90 communities across the United States.

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