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Phil Mickelson beats up on the old guys again

Phil Mickelson at 2020 Genesis Invitational
Phil Mickelson goes 2-for-2 on the Champions Tour.

Mickelson wins his 2nd title in as many starts on the Champions Tour, closing with a 7-under 65 to take the Dominion Energy title

Phil Mickelson is having fun playing the Champions Tour, and it shows.

Mickelson won his second tournament in as many starts on the 50-and-older tour, running away with the Dominion Energy Charity Classic title on Sunday in Richmond, Va. Mickelson, 50, who trailed playing competitor Mike Weir by three strokes entering the final round, shot 7-under 65 for a 17-under 199 total and three-stroke victory at the Country Club of Virginia in Richmond (scores).

“I have a lot of fun playing out here,” Mickelson said. “I can play aggressively and get away with a lot of misses and play the way I like to play.”

One of his few misses in the final round was a wide-left tee shot on the ninth hole, where the left-hander fanned the ball out of bounds and scrambled to save bogey at the par-5 hole. It was his only blemish in an eight-birdie performance.

Weir, who like Mickelson also turned 50 earlier this year and is a former Masters champion, closed with a 1-under 71 for a 14-under 202 total and second place. Weir, by contrast, has played the Champions Tour almost exclusively this year, posting three top-10 results in eight starts. As the 2003 Masters champion, he will join Mickelson, the green-jacket winner in 2004, 2006 and 2010, at Augusta National next month.

Mickelson, by contrast, has competed mostly on the PGA Tour since turning 50 in June. He finished runner-up in the WGC FedEx St. Jude, his best result in nine tournaments since the season restart in June. In August, Mickelson won the Charles Schwab Series at Ozarks National in his debut on the Champions Tour.

Mickelson became the third player to win his first two starts on the senior tour, joining Jim Furyk, who did it earlier this year, and Bruce Fleisher, who went 2-0 in 1999.

Mickelson, a World Golf Hall of Fame inductee, ranks ninth in all-time victories on the PGA Tour, with 44.

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