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Vintage Mickelson Gears Up For Augusta

Phil Mickelson became the oldest player to win a World Golf Championship event on Sunday when he defeated Justin Thomas in a thrilling play-off at the Mexico Championship. The 47-year-old claimed his first victory in almost five years with a par at the first extra hole, which Thomas failed to match, after the two men finished a shot clear of the field on 16-under for the tournament.

Thomas, now the world number two, had been a 200/1 shot with Bet365 after a poor first two rounds, but a course-record 62 thrust him back into contention on Saturday. He closed his final round by holing out for eagle from the fairway and as he signed for a round of 64 he was leading the tournament by two shots. However, birdies at 15 and 16 enabled Mickelson to close with a 66 and force extra time. Victory extended a fabulous run of form for the American, who has finished sixth or better at his last four events to move back into the world’s top 20 with just a month to go before the first major of the season.

Mickelson’s odds for next month’s Masters have halved in a couple of weeks, from 40/1 with Ladbrokes to a best of 20/1 with Ladbrokes, Coral and Paddy Power.

All odds quoted are subject to change