Phil Mickelson’s PGA Tour Champions career is off a blistering start.
The World Golf Hall of Famer added another trophy to the cabinet on Sunday, winning the inaugural Constellation Furyk & Friends in wire-to-wire fashion to earn his third victory in four career PGA Tour Champions starts.
“I’ve seen a lot of areas of improvement in my game, especially putting, I thought I putted really well,” Mickelson said. “I’m enjoying playing out here and I need to work on a few things but I’m having fun doing it.”
Entering Sunday’s final round with a two-shot lead, Mickelson came out firing with birdies on the first three holes. Despite Mickelson’s quick start, Miguel Angel Jimenez continued to stay in the mix, and jumped into a share of the lead with a birdie on the Par-3 14th. Mickelson answered back immediately, re-taking the lead with a birdie on 15, and closed with a birdie on 18 to win by two strokes at -15 under par.
“Miguel hit some really wonderful shots and he made that birdie on 14 look a lot easier than it was,” Mickelson said. “It was a hard-fought battle and I really enjoyed it.”
The inaugural Constellation Furyk & Friends is operated by the Jim and Tabitha Furyk Foundation, which is donating all the proceeds from the tournament to various charitable organizations in Northeast Florida. Mickelson, a long-time friend of Furyk’s from their overlapping PGA Tour careers, is proud to support the foundation and be the champion of the inaugural event.
“I think Jim and Tabitha are two of the best people in golf, and at the Ryder Cup, Tabitha was up at four in the morning working on this tournament and getting all the details right,” Mickelson said. “They put on one of the best tournaments out here and I’m really proud of our friendship and impressed by what a great job they did.”
As a result of Phil’s win, KPMG’s Family for Literacy and the Inspiring Win program will provide new books and educational resources to the Duval County School District. Congratulations to Phil on yet another PGA Tour Champions victory!