Sunday, November 11, 2007

Golf: Mikelson wins the HSCB Champions - extrodinary turn of events indeed!

The HSBC Champions tournament had one of the strangest endings I have ever seen. I will try and relay the madness though this blog post for those that were asleep at the time.

Lee Westwood made a late charge with a fantastic run of birdies (6) on the back nine finishing at 10 under and went to the clubhouse 2 behind the leaders at 12 under.

Mickelson self destructed on the back 9 with 5 bogies to throw away a five shot lead. Mickelson twice found the water including his second shot into the last to almost surely throw away the tournament with Fisher at 12 under. After watching Phil hit his shot into the water Fisher hit a good second himself to be greenside for two shots at the par 5. Inexplicably though his chip ran through the green and into the water eventually making a double bogey. Amazingly Mickelson had a putt to win the tournament, but missed sending the tournament to a playoff with Fisher and Westwood.

Mickelson regrouped to play a trademark flop shot at the second playoff hole and leave himself a 3 foot putt for victory. Mickelson will take home a little under $900 000 US, which is the richest prize in Asian golf.

One has to feel for Fisher who will have only himself to blame for the craziness of the last hole. Hopefully he will learn from the experience and forget about the tournament with his impending nuptials (and second place prize money.)


Goods said...

Brilliant flop shot by Mickelson. Just saw the replay on Golf Network. Around the greens, the dude is money.

Tom said...

I love watching Phil around the greens. He has one of the best flop shots I have ever seen.

Great site by the way!

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