Phil Mickelson shot a final-round 66 to close out a wire-to-wire victory in his debut on the PGA Champions Tour.
Mickelson finished his final day at the Schwab Series at Ozarks National with an eagle, five birdies, and two bogeys to reach 22-under par 191, four clear of runner-up Tim Petrovic.
“I wasn’t as sharp the back nine,” Mickelson said of his 5-under front and even-par back. “I got off to a good start, though, fortunately to build enough cushion. … I really enjoyed seeing all the guys again, seeing how they were so accommodating and fun. It’s fun for me to compete. I got to shoot scores and compete.
“There was a lot of good. And there were things I identified I’ve got to work on.”
Mickelson’s 191 tied for the lowest 54-hole score ever for a Champions Tour debut. He also became just the 20th player in history to win a title in their first attempt.
With the win Mickelson earned $450,000 and will move to No. 15 in the Schwab Cup Money standings, despite just a single start.
Final Top-5 Finishers
1. Phil Mickelson -22 (-5)
2. Tim Petrovic -18 (-5)
3. Kevin Sutherland -16 (-8)
4. Robert Karlsson -15 (-6)
5. Rocco Mediate -14 (-2)
5. Steve Stricker -14 (-4)
Question For Phil
Q. Obviously, I mean, one of your main goals you talked about coming into this was preparing for the U.S. Open. So knowing that, obviously you won’t know for sure until you get there, but how well do you think you’ve accomplished that goal?
PHIL MICKELSON: “So I felt I was playing really well as I headed into Boston to start the Playoffs and unfortunately I didn’t score. It’s one thing playing well at home and it’s another to take it to the Tour and play well on the road in competition.
“So being able to play and compete here was very helpful for me rather than shutting it down for a couple weeks. To compete against these legends and to come out on top and to play well and get a little bit of momentum, I’ll go over to Napa and play our Safeway event the week before the U.S. Open and see if I can get sharp then. But I’ll be working on my game the next week and a half, see if I can be really sharp for the U.S. Open.
“Obviously I have a lot of work to do and some redemption at Winged Foot, but it’s a great golf course and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”