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Three weeks after starting with a new coach, Phil Mickelson has a new title to his name. Mickelson shot a 3-under-par 69 at TPC Sawgrass yesterday for a commanding victory at The Players Championship. Sergio Garcia was second, while Tiger Woods finished out of the top 10.
was Mickelson\'s first Players title. He spoke to reporters after his round about the victory.
Phil Mickelson Q. You said yesterday you had won a lot of tournaments with your short game, more than with your ball-striking. Didn\'t you win it with both really this week?
PHIL MICKELSON: Yeah, what I\'d like to do is have four days of ball-striking like today\'s final round and then it takes a lot of pressure off my short game. It was a very mediocre day for me putting. I could have run it high if I would have made some reasonable putts. I will gladly take the way the round went because it was a stress-free type round.
Q. Have you ever had a win when you\'ve actually -- your swing has been a work in progress through the tournament like this, when you\'ve been working on major changes?
PHIL MICKELSON: Probably. I mean, I look back in the past when I won some of the first couple tournaments of the year in La Costa at \'94 and \'98, and I remember I was working on things then to start the year and so forth. But it does mean a lot to have the results that I\'ve had immediately with the third, the third and the win because it tells me that I\'m on the right path and things that I\'m doing are correct. I\'m excited about the way my ball-striking seemed to get better as the week went on. It seemed to get better from Dallas to Wachovia, it seemed to get better from Wachovia to here, and so I believe that if I keep working at these things and progressing, I should be ready to take on the ultimate tough challenge at Oakmont.
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May 16, 2007 Any opinions expressed above are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of the management.