Defending Masters champion Phil Mickelson sent a warning of intent ahead of next week’s Major with a three-shot victory at the Houston Open.
The left-hander carded a final-round, seven-under 65 to finish on -20, with US compatriot Scott Verplank and rookie Chris Kirk in joint second.
Joint overnight leader Mickelson put aside two early bogeys with five birdies on the back nine.
The victory moves Mickelson to third in the world rankings above Tiger Woods.
Houston Open Final Round Leaderboard:
- -20: P Mickelson (US),
- -17: S Verplank (US), C Kirk (US)
- -13: S Stricker (US), A Baddeley (AUs)
- -12: R Allenby (Aus), D Hearn (Can)
- Selected others: -11:P Harrington (Ire)
- -6: L Westwood (Eng)
- -3: B Davis (Eng)
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