Phil Mickelson wins Furyk & Friends title by 2 strokes

Phil Mickelson won the Constellation Furyk & Friends event Sunday for his third victory in four events played on PGA Tour Champions.

Mickelson carded a 4-under 68 in Jacksonville, Fla., and finished at 15 under, two shots better than Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain.

Mickelson, 51, opened his roller-coaster final round with three straight birdies before posting a double bogey on the par-4 fifth hole. He added three more birdies on the back nine at the Timuquana Country Club.

“It was a hard-fought battle. I really enjoyed it,” Mickelson said. “I’m enjoying playing out here and I need to work on a few things, like that mistake on No. 5, but I’m having fun doing it.”

Jimenez, who surged into contention with a 65 on Saturday, posted a bogey-free 4-under 68 on Sunday to finish at 13 under.

Jimenez birdied Nos. 13 and 14 to move into a tie with Mickelson, who retook the lead with a birdie at the 15th. Jimenez missed a tying birdie putt at No. 17 and Mickelson birdied the par-4 18th to take title.

“I’ve been playing solid, playing well,” Jimenez said. “… I was close. Then chance for birdie on 17, that’s the game, you know? He’s playing very well.”

Steve Flesch (71 on Sunday) finished third at 10 under. Tournament host Jim Furyk (69), Cameron Beckman (68) and South Africa’s Ernie Els (71) tied for fourth place at 9 under.

John Daly posted the day’s lowest score with a 7-under 65, an eventful round featuring 10 birdies, one bogey and one double bogey. He finished at 3 under, in a tie for 31st.

Furyk founded the tournament to benefit his charity, the Jim & Tabitha Furyk Foundation, and expanded it from a one-day pro-am to a regular tournament for the first time.

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