Mickelson Wins, Woods Cashes In
ATLANTA - Phil Mickelson won The Tour Championship and $1.35 million on Sunday - and was ecstatic. Tiger Woods won the FedExCup playoffs and $10 million - and was a tad disappointed.
So it was when a wild back nine came to an end in the final round of The Tour Championship and the final lap of the playoffs. On historic East Lake Golf Club's last nine holes, with countless playoff scenarios in play and enough mind-boggling numbers crunching to make any accountant's head spin, six players had chances of winning the grand prize.
After the first two playoffs finished with a thud - Woods and Vijay Singh had the titles basically wrapped up before the first tee shot of the tournament - the third delivered tension, excitement and possibility. It also delivered the game's two biggest stars to the trophy presentation. Mickelson earned his third win of the year. He shot a bogey-free, 5-under-par 65 to finish at 271 to beat Woods by three shots and wind up in second in the playoffs. Despite his runner-up finish, Woods, who closed with a 70, claimed his second FedExCup title.
Sean O'Hair finished third after a 69, and overnight leader Kenny Perry (74) and Padraig Harrington (69) tied for fourth.
"I want to see if I understand this. I shot 65, and Tiger shot 70. He gets a check for $10 million?" joked Mickelson, who led the tournament with 20 birdies and had 36 one-putt greens. "I didn't play well the first three FedExCup events. I don't deserve to win the entire FedExCup just based on one tournament win. But boy, today was a lot of fun."
Woods, who has six wins this year, has played better rounds. Frustrated by the greens, he didn't make a charge until birdies on 15 and 16.
"I'm a little disappointed I didn't win the (Tour) Championship because I was right there," said Woods, who had 117 putts, 10 more than Mickelson. "But to win the FedExCup and to be as consistent as I have been all year is something that I'm proud of."