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Mickelson tames Tiger at Pebble Beach

From a six-shot deficit to a two-shot lead in just six holes, Phil Mickelson showed that form is temporary as he gave Tiger Woods a Sunday spanking, beating him by 11 shots at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Woods has talked a good game ahead of the event in California and after a 67 in the third round, looked like he was going to back his words up as he closed to within four shots of the lead.

But as he neared, Lefty rose to the challenge.

Mickelson game around the green was firing on all cylinders and his putter sang, long two-putts for par and enough birdies to make sure as of the "W" as Woods faded away to finish on a three-over 75.

"It feels just amazing,'' Mickelson said. "I felt like my game was there, but coming out the first couple of weeks, I posted some horrendous scores and started to question it. To be able to play the way I did the last 18 holes really means a lot.''

Mickelson has now won for the fourth time at Pebble Beach, and became only the ninth player in PGA Tour history with 40 wins.

"Pebble Beach ... it feels awesome no matter what number it is,'' Mickelson said.

Woods on the other hand will be nursing this defeat, coming on the back of his humiliating loss to lowly-ranked Englishman Robert Rock in Abu Dhabi.

"I didn't hit it as bad as the score indicated, but I putted awful,'' Woods said. "As good as I felt on the greens yesterday, I felt bad today. Anything I tried to do wasn't working. Consequently, I made a ton of mistakes on the green.''.

"It's frustrating because I had a chance,'' Woods said. "All I had to do was get off to a good, solid start. And I didn't do that.''

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