Mickelson ends five-year drought with playoff win over…

  • Mickelson ends five-year drought with playoff win over…

Mickelson ends five-year drought with playoff win over…

Sharma, the 21-year-old Asian Tour Order of Merit leader whose European Tour wins this season at Johannesburg and the Maybank Championship have propelled him to number 75 in the world, is making his first start in an elite World Golf Championships event.

Shubhankar's four-day total of 10-under 274 (65-66-69-74) was six shots behind world No.34 Phil Mickelson (five-under 66) and No.3 Justin Thomas (64) after 72 holes of regulation play. "He thought we were media and he said, 'Not right now, after the round, '" Sharma laughed.

"I don't know what to say".

"Me and my caddie went up to [Mickelson]".

Reflecting on his superb win at Chapultepec Golf Club on Sunday, Mickelson said it meant the world to end a five-year winless drought.

With Thomas in the clubhouse with a two-stroke lead, Mickelson birdied 15 and 16 to reach 16-under and parred the last two-holes to cap a 66 and force the decider.

A par putt on the first playoff hole on Sunday earned Mickelson the win over Justin Thomas and gave the 47-year-old Hall of Famer encouragement that his game was getting back to its best.

He rolled in a 16-foot birdie putt at 14 to reclaim sole possession of the lead, and he was two clear even after his bogey at 16. "But we've got a lot of work to do to get there, and I've got a lot of work to do to get on the team but I have a little less now". "Made a few mistakes coming in, but I've done a fairly good job of the distances and the yardages".

Thomas's tee shot was long and in a less than ideal lie while Mickelson found the flawless spot on the green.

"It's been a tough go the last four years not playing my best but to have the belief that I was going to get there and to finally break through and do it feels incredible".

"If you would have told me I'd be in a playoff after two rounds, I would have told you you were lying", Thomas, who has won seven PGA Tour titles in his last 32 starts, told NBC.

"Just trying to compete against these guys - I know and respect and admire how great these young players are and yet I welcome and cherish the opportunity to compete against them".