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Mickelson back in familiar territory for 2020 U.S. Open

Phil Mickelson wasted no time getting acclimated to the PGA TOUR Champions.

After competing last week in the first round of the PGA TOUR’s FedEx Cup Playoffs, Phil decided to tee it up in his first ever Champions event. His debut did not disappoint, as the five-time major winner delivered a dominant wire-to-wire victory at the Charles Schwab Series at Ozark National. The win places Mickelson in elite company as one of only 20 players, including golf legends Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player, to win in their PGA TOUR Champions debut.

“It’s really a fun week,” Mickelson said. “I really enjoyed playing here, seeing all the guys again, and the way they were so accommodating and fun. I really had a great time.”

With the goal to keep his game sharp for upcoming PGA TOUR events, Mickelson came out of the blocks on fire in the first round, carding a -10 (61) which set a PGA TOUR Champions record for lowest debut round in the Tour’s 40-year history. Mickelson kept his foot on the gas in round two, shooting a -7 (64) to enter the final round at -17 overall. His 36-hole score of -17 (125) tied the second-best two-round score in PGA TOUR Champions history.

“It’s fun for me to compete,” Mickelson said. “I’ve got to shoot scores and compete. The competition here is really strong, and it was fun for me to get off to a good start and play well.”

Mickelson cruised through the final round to win by four shots with a final score of -22 (191), which tied the lowest 54-hole score in PGA TOUR Champions history and is currently the lowest recorded score of the 2020 PGA TOUR Champions season. Mickelson’s attention now shifts back to PGA TOUR competition, highlighted by a return to Winged Foot next month for the 120th U.S. Open.

“There was a lot of good, and some things I identified that I need to work on,” Mickelson said of his performance this week. “I’ll take a week and a half off before I hopefully go play in Napa (Safeway Open), if we can get the fires to subside and people are safe, and try to get ready for the U.S. Open.”

As a result of Phil’s win, KPMG and the Inspiring Win program will provide new books and educational resources to the Kansas City School District. Congratulations to Phil on a historic performance!