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AP file photo by Carlos Osorio / Phil Mickelson has won three times in four starts on the PGA Tour Champions.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Phil Mickelson won for the third time in four career starts on the PGA Tour Champions, closing with a 4-under-par 68 on Sunday for a two-shot victory over Spain's Miguel Angel Jiménez in the Constellation Furyk & Friends.

The 51-year-old Mickelson won for the first time since his out-of-nowhere triumph at the PGA Championship in May for the sixth major tournament title of his career. He has struggled on the PGA Tour since then, and this was his first event on the 50-and-older circuit since February.

He finished at 15-under 201 in the 54-hole event at breezy Timuquana Country Club to hold off Jiménez, who matched his 68.

Last year, Mickelson opened his senior career with consecutive victories in Missouri and Virginia. He said he plans to play at least two more tournaments this fall — in Richmond, where he's the reigning champion, and at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix.

 

Im turns tight race into runaway

LAS VEGAS — Sungjae Im turned a shootout into a one-man show in Las Vegas, making seven birdies in eight holes around the turn for a 9-under 62 and a four-shot victory over Matthew Wolff in the Shriners Children's Open.

Im was one of four players who had at least a share of the lead on the front nine at TPC Summerlin on an ideal day of scoring with little wind. When he made a 12-foot birdie putt on No. 6, the third-toughest hole on the course, to tie for the lead, the 23-year-old South Korean was just getting started.

He added a birdie on No. 7, closed out the front nine with a simple up-and-down birdie on the par-5 ninth to stand alone on top of the leaderboard, then ran off four more — and no one else could keep up as he finished at 24-under 260, matching the tournament record held by Ryan Moore (2012) and Webb Simpson (2013).

It's the second victory of Im's PGA Tour career, with his breakthrough in March 2020 at the Honda Classic.

Wolf closed with a 68. Slovakia's Rory Sabbatini, who won a silver medal this past summer at the Tokyo Olympics, shot 28 on the front nine and was briefly tied for the lead. He could only manage par on the back nine for a 64 and tied for third with Marc Leishman (63) and 54-hole leader Adam Schenk (70).

 

Start to finish on LPGA Tour

WEST CALDWELL, N.J. — Jin Young Ko finished a wire-to-wire victory in the Cognizant Founders Cup with her 14th consecutive round in the 60s that matched a 16-year-old LPGA Tour record held by Annika Sorenstam.

Even in a steady rain at Mountain Ridge, the 26-year-old South Korean star made it look easy. She closed with a 5-under 66 for a four-shot victory over Caroline Masson of Germany. Ko finished at 18-under 266.

It was her 14th consecutive round in the 60s dating to a 69 in the final round of the Evian Championship. That ties the mark Sorenstam set in the middle of her 10-win season in 2005.

Ko joined Nelly Korda as the only three-time winners on the LPGA Tour this season, and she became the fifth South Korean with at least 10 victories, still well short of the record 25 held by pioneer Se Ri Pak.

 

Cabrera Bello reigns in Spain

MADRID — Rafa Cabrera Bello birdied the first playoff hole in a Spanish duel with Adri Arnaus to win the Spanish Open.

Cabrera Bello closed with a 2-under 69 to finish at 19-under 265 and force a playoff with Arnaus (67), who was going for his first European Tour victory. Arnaus had a birdie putt to win in regulation and just missed.

Jon Rahm, the No. 1 player in the Official World Golf Ranking and two-time reigning champion in this national championship, couldn't mount a charge and shot a 69 to tie for 17th.

Cabrera Bello won for the fourth time on the European Tour, his first title since the Scottish Open in 2017. He is the 13th Spaniard to win on home soil.

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