Mickelson just misses record in winning Phoenix Open
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Phil Mickelson completed a wire-to-wire victory in the Phoenix Open, missing another chance to make history in a dominating week at TPC Scottsdale.
Mickelson shot a 4-under 67 Sunday to finish at 28-under 256, two strokes off the PGA Tour record set by Tommy Armour III in the 2003 Texas Open, and tie the tournament mark set by Mark Calcavecchia in 2001.
Mickelson missed a chance for a 59 in the first round when his 25-foot putt on the final hole caught the right edge of the cup, curled 180 degrees and stayed out. He settled for a 60.
Brandt Snedeker finished second, four strokes back after a 65.
Eighth Australian Masters title for Karrie Webb
GOLD COAST, Australia – Karrie Webb won her eighth Australian Ladies Masters title on Sunday, coming from two strokes behind in the final round with birdies on three of her last five holes for a 5-under-par 67 and a two-stroke victory.
The 38-year-old Webb birdied the 14th hole at Royal Pines to take the lead for the first time during the final round and then tapped in for birdie after her eagle putt just missed on 15.
Webb finished with a 13-under-par total of 203 in the 54-hole tournament, the season-opening event on the European Ladies Tour.
South Korea’s Chella Choi finished tied for second, after a 69, with second-round co-leaders Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand, and Australian amateur Oh Su-hyun, who both shot final-round 71s.
Scotsman rallies late to win Dubai Desert Classic
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Stephen Gallacher holed an eagle on No. 16 and won the Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday, overcoming early jitters to beat playing partner Richard Sterne by three shots.
An 111th-ranked Scotsman, Gallacher (71) finished with a 22-under total of 266 to take his second European Tour win and the first since 2004.
Bodyguards hired for Vonn at world championships
SCHLADMING, Austria – With attention on her personal life intensifying, Lindsey Vonn will be surrounded by bodyguards at the Alpine skiing world championships.
An average of 30,000 fans per race are expected in this small Alpine village during the 13-day championships, which start Tuesday with the women’s super-G and end Feb. 17.
“There’s going to be an incredible amount of people here in Schladming, and it’s a very small space,” Vonn said Sunday at a news conference arranged by the U.S. team.
She said Red Bull, her sponsor, has hired security “to make sure I can get in and out and not have any difficulty, but I don’t expect there to be any problems. But it’s better to be safe than sorry.”
There has been online chatter about an alleged relationship between Vonn and Tiger Woods.
Texas regents reviewing coaches’ recent conduct
AUSTIN, Texas – University of Texas regents spoke Sunday to discuss recently disclosed cases of coaches’ inappropriate relationships with students.
The regents held a special meeting by telephone that was not open to the public. They said no action would be taken, and system Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa declined comment.
Women’s track coach Bev Kearney resigned last month while under investigation for a 2002 relationship with an athlete in her program. Texas officials said they were in the process of firing her.
Football offensive coordinator Major Applewhite acknowledged Friday he was disciplined by the school in 2009 for his conduct with a student during the Longhorns’ trip to the Fiesta Bowl.
Kearney’s lawyer, Derek Howard, suggested the track coach was treated unfairly and may sue the university.