Phil Mickelson capped off a tumultuous summer at home with a spectacular rally Sunday to win the Tour Championship.
Tiger Woods won the Fed-Ex Cup and its $10 million bonus.
In a riveting conclusion to golf’s regular season, its two biggest stars shared the stage at East Lake in Atlanta with trophies that were meaningful in vastly different ways.
Mickelson seized control with a 31 on the front nine and closed with a 5-under 65 for a three-shot victory, his first since his wife and his mother were diagnosed with breast cancer in the spring. Both have a positive outlook in the recovery, although it has been an emotional burden for Lefty over the last three months.
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For the third time this year, Woods struggled while playing in the final pairing. He didn’t make a birdie until the 15th hole, and by then it was too late to catch Mickelson. Woods closed with an even-par 70, ending his playoff streak of eight consecutive rounds in the 60s, and was alone in second.
Even so, he received quite a consolation prize — a Fed-Ex Cup title that rewarded him for a remarkable year in which he came back from major knee surgery. Woods won six times, and was either first or second in more than half his events.
Mickelson returned to No. 2 in the world with his win.
LPGA — Sophie Gustafson won on Tour for the first time in six years, cruising to a four-stroke victory over top-ranked Lorena Ochoa in the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge in Danville, Calif.
The 35-year-old Swede shot a 4-under 68 and finished at 20-under 268 to win her first LPGA Tour title since the 2003 Samsung World Championship.
CHAMPIONS — Tom Pernice Jr. became the 15th player to win in his Tour debut, holing a 35-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a one-stroke victory over Nick Price and David Frost in the SAS Championship in Cary, N.C.
Pernice, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, closed with a 3-under 69 to finish at 13-under 203 on the Prestonwood Country Club course.
NATIONWIDE — Garrett Willis won the WNB Golf Classic to lock up a spot next year on the PGA Tour, closing with a 4-under 68 for a one-stroke victory over Chad Collins at Midland (Texas) Country Club.
EUROPEAN PGA — Rory McIlroy beat Henrik Stenson 1-up, and Britain and Ireland took four of 10 singles points to beat Continental Europe 16 1/2-11 1/2 for its fifth straight victory in the Vivendi Trophy.