The last day of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am turned out to be full of surprises, making one terribly exciting day to watch golf. In the end, it was Phil Mickelson to take the victory on February 12, 2012.
Mickelson played one incredible round of golf on Sunday, shooting 8-under for the day taking his four day total down to 17-under. It seemed like one of those days for Phil where everything that could go in, did go in. With very few exceptions, Mickelson played with any mistakes.
Tiger Woods on the other hand, couldn't do anything right. It was painful to watch Tiger unravel, letting his frustration get the best of him. You could tell by the look on his face that he was not having a good time out there. He finished the front nine with three consecutive bogeys, and from that point on he just looked miserable.
It's too bad it turned out like that, because starting the day it looked as if it was going to come down to a Woods-Mickelson classic finish. They were paired together, so it was the ideal situation for the fan watching at home or at the course. I was really looking forward to a last-hole shoot-out between two of golf's best, but it didn't quite turn out that way.
The type of golf Woods was playing was the type to be happy when you save par. For Mickelson, it was disappointing to miss that birdie putt and have to settle for par. And so it went.
Charlie Wi had a very impressive round of golf, finishing in second place at 14-under. He looked very comfortable out there, just barely missing a couple of putts that would have made it a much closer finish.
But in the end, Mickelson was too much for the rest to handle, as he so often is. Just another win in Mickelson's long career, but his first of the 2012 season.
I have a feeling it won't be Mickelson's last win this year. If he plays like he did at Pebble Beach, he could be taking home a major or two this year.
Elias Bond grew up playing golf, and played religiously through high school and college. He still tries to find time to get out there for a round or two now and again, but seems to watch more than play these days.
- Tiger Woods