LUSS, Scotland – This time, Phil Mickelson got a do-over after hitting a wayward tee shot at the 72nd hole.
The next one was even worse.
A faulty driver cost Lefty his first PGA European Tour win, as France’s Gregory Havret rallied to win the Scottish Open on the first playoff hole Sunday.
Not exactly the sort of finish Mickelson wanted heading to the British Open, which begins Thursday at Carnoustie, about a two-hour drive away.
He’s still trying to erase the memory of that U.S. Open meltdown at Winged Foot 13 months ago, where a terrible drive on the 72nd hole led to a double bogey – and left him one stroke behind winner Geoff Ogilvy. Mickelson bogeyed three of his last five holes at Loch Lomond, including the 18th twice.
With a one-stroke lead going to the final hole of regulation, Mickelson drove into thick rough along the right side of the fairway. He needed a chip shot and two putts for bogey, while Havret got down in two from 15 feet to force the playoff, both players at 14-under 270 as they headed back to the tee box at 18.
Mickelson’s redo drive plopped into the shin-high reeds along the water on the left side of the fairway, forcing him to hit an awkward shot that skidded sideways back into the fairway. His third shot wound up on the fringe at the back of the green, leading to another bogey.
Pak survives Pressel’s ace
SYLVANIA, Ohio – Morgan Pressel’s hole-in-one sure got Se Ri Pak’s attention.
Trailing briefly by three strokes after Pressel aced the sixth hole, Pak regained the lead with a birdie at the 15th hole and held on to tie an LPGA Tour record with her fifth win at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.
The 29-year-old Pak, who has already qualified for induction to the Hall of Fame, has 24 career victories. She followed rounds of 63, 68 and 69 with a 67 to finish at 17-under 267. Pressel closed with a 69 to finish three strokes back at 270.
Byrd flies to Britain
SILVIS, Ill. – Jonathan Byrd won the John Deere Classic to qualify for the British Open, birdieing three of the final five holes for a 5-under 66 and a one-stroke victory over Tim Clark.
It was the third PGA Tour victory for Byrd, who finished the tournament at 18-under 266 and earned $738,000. Clark closed with a 68. Third-round leader Nathan Green (71) and Troy Matteson (66) tied for third, three strokes back.
Eaks wins 1st tourney
ENDICOTT, N.Y. – The long wait is over for R.W. Eaks.
Eaks, who never finished better than seventh in a PGA Tour event and was winless in 90 events over six seasons on the Champions Tour, shot a 6-under 66 to win the inaugural Dick’s Sporting Goods Open.
Eaks, a self-taught player from Colorado who has five runner-up finishes the past two years, completed the three rounds over the En-Joie Golf Club course at 17-under 199.
He won $240,000 to push his earnings for the year past $1 million.
Tour rookie Bruce Vaughan, bidding to become the first open qualifier to win a tournament since Pete Oakley won the 2004 Senior British Open, provided the only real challenge. But Vaughan (68) never mounted a charge over the closing holes and finished second, three shots behind. Lonnie Nielsen (67) was third at 10 under.