What a Hollywood ending Sunday at Riviera.
Bill Haas was able to hold off lefty Phil Mickelson and PGA champion Keegan Bradley to win the Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles.
Hass finished with a 2-under 69 and found himself in a three-way playoff after Mickelson made birdie on the 18th hole, and Bradley followed with a birdie of his own.
Mickelson, who was in front for most of the week, found himself struggling to make puts today to finish off the rest of the group.
The tournament was decided on the second extra hole, the par-4 10th, which is the shortest par-4 on tour but extremely difficult. After all three players failed to reach the green, Mickelson was left with the most difficult shot starring at the pin behind two bunkers.
After Haas played it safe hitting his chip to the middle of the green, Mickelson went for the pin and it cost him. He ended up in the sand off the back of the green.
Haas drained his long put to make birdie, leaving Mickelson and Bradley with their work cut out for them.
Phil’s bunker shot landed short, leaving just Bradley in contention to tie Haas. Bradley’s put looked dead on with just enough speed but ran past the whole by an inch giving Haas the victory.
Mickelson, 41, was fighting for his second victory in as many weeks.
The lefty shows no signs of slowing down and seems to be hitting the ball off the tee the best he has in his career. Match that with Phil’s short game and you have a deadly combo.
My guess is, we haven’t seen Mickelson’s best this year. That’s scary.