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It likely came as no surprise to see that Phil Mickelson, maestro of the PGA Tour money game for years, came out on top during a friendly match Tuesday at The Northern Trust. He's also expected to beat out the other three participants once the actual tournament gets underway.
Mickelson responded to a tweet from Tour pro Harry Higgs last month, prompting the two to set up a match with undisclosed stakes. Mickelson teamed with Joel Dahmen, while Higgs was joined by Keith Mitchell. The match received ample trash talk on social media in the days leading up to their showdown at Liberty National, and it was even live-tweeted by Mickelson himself. But when the final scores were tallied, Mickelson and Dahmen scored a 3-and-1 victory and likely pocketed a few extra bucks.
Given that this match received a little extra attention (even by Mickelson's Tuesday standards), oddsmakers at PointsBet Sportsbook went ahead and priced up the foursome to determine who will have the best week at the playoff opener, which gets underway Thursday. Mickelson is leading the pack, while Higgs is the highest-price option in the four-way market.
Best 72-hole finish at The Northern Trust (via PointsBet)
+135: Phil Mickelson
+200: Joel Dahmen
+350: Keith Mitchell
+625: Harry Higgs
Mickelson won his sixth major earlier this year at the PGA Championship, but his T-12 finish at last month's WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational was his first top-60 result since Kiawah. Dahmen earned his first career Tour win in Punta Cana in March but missed the cut last week at the Wyndham Championship.
Sedgefield was kind to Higgs, who closed with a 66 including a back-nine 28 to notch a T-15 and end a run of four straight missed cuts. Mitchell finished fifth last month at the 3M Open and tied for 55th last week in Greensboro.
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Three of the four played Liberty National in 2019 when it last hosted this event, although none of the results were especially impressive: Mitchell finished T-64, Dahmen was T-67 and Mickelson was T-71. This is Higgs' first appearance on the course, while Mickelson finished T-6 at Liberty National in 2013 and T-52 in 2009.
With only the top 70 in the points race advancing to next week's BMW Championship, all but Mickelson (58th) have work to do to get to Caves Valley: Dahmen will start the week 77th in points, while Higgs is 80th and Mitchell is 101st.
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