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Mickelsen Trumps Tiger, Wins Pebble Beach Title; Summerhays Finishes 40th
It looked like 2012 Pebble Beach Pro-Am would possibly go down as the Return of Tiger Woods, but no it was the re-emergence of Phil Mickelsen. The two were paired together in the final round, but they were four shots behind leader Charlie Wi.
In what has become the identifying trademark of this year’s tour, the leader collapsed. Wi four-putted the first hole and never saw the lead again.
Mickelsen put on a dazzling show of shot making and a putting stroke of old and shot a remarkable final round 64 to win the title by a comfortable three strokes while Tiger, who once was considered the final round intimidator, shrunk from the challenge and posted a disappointing closing round of 75.
Wi, after the first hole disaster, regained his composure and finished second and might have won the tournament except for the brilliance of Mickelsen.
It was Mickelsen’s 40th PGA Tour victory and one of his sweetest. He finished with the flair of old and expressed optimism for the remainder of the year.
Woods, graceful in defeat, said “I putted awful. I couldn’t see the lines, and couldn’t get the feel. I played well otherwise, but the putting was just awful.”
Tiger’s putting collapse dropped him to 15th place.
Daniel Summerhays shot a final round 72 and tied for 40th place. He had four bogeys in the middle of his round, but then birdied four of the next six holes, concluded with one other bogey for an even par round.