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Mickelson makes it win No 41 at Phoenix

Phil Mickelson blew away the cobwebs and ring rust to get his 2013 season truly underway, with an impressive wire-to-wire victory Sunday at the Phoenix Open.

Notching up his 41st PGA Tour title, Mickelson had already hit the headlines after the first day's play with a superlative 60 that was so close to being only the sixth 59 ever achieved, the ball agonizingly curling out of the cup.

But that setback was not enough to deny the 42-year-old chalking up his first PGA title since Pebble Beach last year.  

"It's an important one for me, because it's been a while since I won, been a while since I've been in contention," Mickelson said. "I was certainly nervous heading into today. I think the thing I'm most excited about was the way I was able to regain control of my thoughts after a few shots early on that I didn't care for."

"I think that sets up the tone for the rest of the year, because I really started to play well," Mickelson said. "But for me, the rest of the year took a turn on Tuesday when I got my new driver. It just changed my whole deal."

Mickelson's final round 4-under 67 was good for a 28-under 256, four strokes ahead of Brandt Snedeker who again was bested by one of the games icons within a week. Earlier this month, Snedeker was trounced by Tiger Woods at the Farmers Insurance Open in Torrey Pines.

"I'm running into Hall of Famers every week," Snedeker said ruefully. "Sometimes you have to tip your hat and say, `Phil played unbelievable and deserved to win."'

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