On the verge of blowing the biggest lead of his career, Phil Mickelson turned his fortunes around in the final hour at Riviera with back-to-back birdies that carried him to a one-shot victory Sunday in the Northern Trust Open.
Mickelson went from a four-shot lead at the start of the final
round to a two-shot deficit with three holes to play. But he hit
9-iron to 5 feet for birdie on the 16th, holed a 6-foot birdie on
the 17th and saved par with a 6-foot putt on the final hole.
He closed with a 1-over 72 to become only the fourth player to
win back-to-back years at Riviera.
Steve Stricker closed with a 67 and finished second.