Phil Mickelson missed out on a 50th career title as Adam Long surged through to claim a surprise victory at the Desert Classic in California.
Mickelson, 48, had been among the leaders all weekend after opening with a brilliant round of 60 on Thursday, but came up one shot short as Long birdied four of his last seven holes to earn his first PGA Tour success.
Long had begun the week outside the world’s top 400 and with 7 missed cuts from his last 8 starts. There was also disappointment for our 28/1 tip Adam Hadwin, who led the field by two shots with six holes to play.
The Canadian, however, made a bogey at the 13th before finishing with five straight pars, meaning he had to settle for a share of second place with Mickelson.
Despite eventually failing to secure what would have been a 44th PGA Tour win, Mickelson’s odds have been trimmed for the first major of the year.
The veteran has won The Masters three times – in 2004, 2006 and 2010 – and has been cut from 50/1 with William Hill to a best price of 40/1* with Hills, Ladbrokes and Coral to claim a fourth Green Jacket this year.
|*All odds quoted are subject to change|