Phil Mickelson won the Tour Championship by three shots in Atlanta with an excellent final round of 65 to claim victory at the East Lake Golf Club on nine under par.
Tournament favourite Tiger Woods could only manage a level par 70 on the final round to finish second overall on six under par, enough to claim the big prize for ending up top of the FedEx Cup standings.
Woods finished the FedEx championship with a total of 3,750 points, a massive advantage over second placed Mickelson whose total of 2,920 included 2,500 for winning the Tour Championship.
The world number one picked up a fat $10million cheque for his overall domination of the play offs, while Mickelson contented himself with a smaller but still significant payout of $1.35million.
However the Tour Championship win has propelled Mickelson from 14th to second in the FedEx standings and with it a nice $3million bonus. The victory for Mickelson marks his first win since March and sees the player returning to the game after a summer lay off to be with his wife Amy who has been undergoing breast cancer treatment. It was during that time that his mother was also diagnosed with breast cancer.
Mickelson said after the victory:
“It really feels great to have won, it’s been a frustrating go the last few months and so to be able to come out and get somewhat in contention on a Sunday, four back, and then to be able to put together this round feels terrific.
I didn’t play well enough in the first three to give myself a chance and that’s what is cool about the play-offs. You’ve got to play well throughout the play-offs and for me, even though I didn’t win the FedEx Cup, I won the last event of the year, I feel great about my game.”
He then joked over the prize money, “Let me see if I get this straight, I shot 65 and he shot 70 and gets a check for $10m? I’m just kidding, I really enjoyed playing in the four FedEx Cup events.”