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Weekend Recap
By mustang6560 on 4/4/11
We had a busy weekend of golf this past weekend. The PGA Tour held its final warm up before The Masters, the LPGA played its first major of the year and the Champions Tour was back in action on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

I know we all want to discuss Phil Mickelson's dominating performance but because the LPGA held its first major, I thought we should cover that first.

LPGA Tour - Stacy Lewis Wins First Career Title

Having your first career title be a major isn't too shabby.
Highlighted by that 20-foot par putt from the fringe with a perfect read and precise pace, she rallied from an early two-stroke deficit and finished at 13-under 275. Lewis simply stared down Tseng, who blinked when Lewis showed a grit borne from years of hard work and struggle - including surgery that corrected her spine with five screws and a steel rod.
The Kraft Nabisco Championship really only came down to Lewis and world No. 1 Yani Tseng battling it out. After Tseng, who finished at -10, the next best score was four under.

In keeping with the tradition at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, Lewis and her caddie took the plunge into Poppie's Pond (not to be confused with Poopie's Pond). Lewis' mother also attempted the leap, but ended up twisting her ankle in the rough. Who knew winning would be so dangerous.

PGA Tour - Phil Wins First Title Since '10 Masters

Phil Mickelson finally accomplished was he failed to do several times last year - he finally passed Tiger Woods in the OWGR by winning the Shell Houston Open.
The defending champion at Augusta outdueled Scott Verplank on Sunday to win the Shell Houston Open by three shots, his first victory since earning his third green jacket last April.

And it comes with a notable distinction.

The win moved Mickelson's world ranking to No. 3, while Tiger Woods dropped to No. 7. It's the first time Mickelson has been ahead of Woods in the ranking since the week before Woods won the 1997 Masters for his first major championship.
If you didn't pay attention over the weekend, you missed one heck of a performance. Going into the weekend, Phil was a measly four strokes under par and seemed content just to play a couple more rounds before his title defense at Augusta.

Then, out of nowhere, the new world No. 3 shot a bogey-free nine under par Saturday to take a share of the lead headed into Sunday. To make things interesting, Phil momentarily relinquished the lead early in the round Sunday, only to come roaring back. Phil birdied five holes in a row to finish a new course best -20.

Phil's performance Sunday now has the media talking about him as the "favorite" at The Masters this week. I think Phil has a legitimate chance to defend his title, but I don't think him winning makes him the favorite at Augusta. Only four players have won The Masters coming off a win the week before. To be fair though, Phil was won of them. He did it in 2006.

Champions Tour - Tom Lehman Wins in Biloxi, Mississippi

The Champions Tour was back in action over the weekend down on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and Tom Lehman took advantage of great weather, expect for Sunday.
Tom Lehman made things look easy while taking the lead at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. Holding on for the victory proved a little more difficult.

Lehman won his second Champions Tour title of the season Sunday, closing with a 3-under 69 at Fallen Oak.

"It was hard-earned," Lehman said. "As nice as yesterday was, today was rugged with the wind the way it was blowing. I thought some of the holes, especially on the front nine against the wind were really difficult."
It's tough for the Champions Tour to gain viewership, especially since coverage was on a tape delay on The Golf Channel. And to make matters worse, they didn't air the coverage until late evening. So I didn't catch any of the action.

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[ comments ]
mjaber says:
I thought the "Mickelson Verplank Conundrum" on 17 was rather amusing. Neither could putt without stepping on the others ball mark. Phil was initially going to putt first, but when he noticed he would be stepping on Verplank's mark he marked his ball and offer to let Verplank putt. Verplank walked up to his mark, and saw he would be stepping on Phil's mark. I'm not sure exactly what he said, but it was probably "Go ahead Phil, you're on your way to the win. Do what you need to do." Phil putted out, but made sure he didn't step on the mark. He took his stance, with his right foot back from the mark, and sank the 3 footer.

Overall, Phil played really well, and did what he said he was going to, for the most part. I think the fact that the wind appeared to be non-existent Saturday and Sunday was a major factor.
Banker85 says:
Phil is my pick to click this week.
Kurt the Knife says:
It was exciting to see lefty in full effect.
Some real nice shootin' there.
Looking forward to seein' how he manages Augusta.
mustang6560 says:
Personally, I thought it was cool to see someone dominate. -16 for two rounds? Simply amazing...
Clint24 says:
I read that she broke her femur.
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