Phil Mickelson completed a wire-to-wire victory in the Phoenix Open, again flirting with history in a dominating four-day run at TPC Scottsdale.
Mickelson shot a 4-under-par 67 on Sunday to finish at 28-under 256, two strokes off the PGA Tour record of 254 set by Tommy Armour III in the 2003 Texas Open.
Mickelson missed a chance for a 59 in the first round when his 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole caught the right edge of the cup, curled 180 degrees and stayed out. He settled for a 60 and followed with rounds of 65 and 64 to take a six-stroke lead into the final round.
Brandt Snedeker finished second, four strokes back after a 65.
Mickelson had his third wire-to-wire victory and first since the 2006 BellSouth Classic — a 13-stroke blowout the week before the second of his three Masters victories. He pushed his victory total to 41, winning for the first time since 51 weeks ago at Pebble Beach.
Making his 24th appearance in the event that he also won in 1996 and 2005, Mickelson tied the tournament scoring record set by Mark Calcavecchia in 2001, and joined Calcavecchia, Arnold Palmer and Gene Littler as the only three-time winners. With six victories in Arizona, Mickelson also matched Johnny Miller's tour record.
Mickelson won after struggling the previous two weeks in his season-opening events — tying for 37th at La Quinta and 51st at Torrey Pines — and causing a sensation by talking about tax increases. He now heads to Pebble for his title defense.
PGA EUROPEAN: Stephen Gallacher made an eagle on the 16th hole and won the Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday, overcoming early jitters to beat playing partner Richard Sterne by three shots.
Ranked 111th in the world, Gallacher shot a 1-under 71 and finished at 22-under 266 to take his second European win and the first since 2004.
EUROPEAN LADIES TOUR: Karrie Webb won her eighth Australian Ladies Masters title, coming from two strokes behind in the final round with birdies on three of her last five holes for a 5-under 67 and a two-stroke victory.
Webb finished at 13-under 203, and her eighth win in the same event matched the PGA Tour record of Sam Snead, who won the Greater Greensboro Open eight times.