Taylor edges Phil by a lip-out on 72nd hole at Pebble

Final Round – PGA Tour – AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am – Pebble Beach Golf Links – Pebble Beach, CA–

Vaughn Taylor spoiled Phil Mickelson’s fairytale ending to capture the PGA Tour’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am for his first victory in 10 ½ years.

After playing on the Tour early this month, Taylor carded 7-under-65 Sunday to finish 17-under at Pebble Beach Golf Links to come from six back to win. It marked his third career PGA Tour title last winning at the 2005 Reno Tahoe Open – now the Barracuda Championship.

Mickelson, who won his last event a couple of years ago at the Open Championship, grinded Sunday and needed a birdie-birdie finish to force a playoff. He birdied No. 17, but failed to get up-and-down at the 72nd hole and lipped out a 5-footer to tie.

Mickelson recorded his second Top 3 of the calendar year, but struggled to hit greensATT Pebble Beach (1) in regulation on the weekend. And his miss at No. 18 Sunday was his first from inside six week all week.

Jonas Blixt had a share of the lead at one point Sunday, but finished up alone in third place (15-under) followed by Hiroshi Iwata and Freddie Jacobson at 14-under.

Patrick Reed fired a 7-under-65 to log a T-6 effort alongside Justin Rose, making his Pebble debut. Bill Haas, Roberto Castro and Brooks Koepka recorded Top 10s.

Other Golf news:

  • Charl Schwartzel has two early-season victories on the European Tour. He eurotourlogoclaimed the Tshwane Open at Petroia Country Club in Waterkloof, South Africa by eight shots Sunday.
  • Bernhard Langer claimed his 26th career Champions Tour title Sunday winning the Chubb Classic in Naples, Florida.
  • Rolex Ranking World No. 1 Lydia Ko won her homeland Open at the Ladies European Tour’s New Zealand Open. It was the third time she captured the title.
  • Mickelson entered the final round at Pebble with a record of 18-4 closing out 54-hole leads. He is now in the longest stretch of his Hall of Fame career without a victory reaching 50 starts.