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Added April 4th, 2011 by Chalk

Mickelson Wins in Houston, Passes Tiger in Rankings
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Phil Mickelson coasted to a three-shot victory at the Shell Houston Open on Sunday, securing his first win in almost a year and passing Tiger Woods in the world rankings for the first time since 1997. With his first win since claiming his second green jacket at last year’s Masters, a title he’ll try to defend this week, Phil moves from No. 6 to No. 3 in the world rankings, while longtime rival Tiger Woods dropped from No. 5 to No. 7.

Phil was tied for the lead going into Sunday after tying the course record with a 63 on Saturday, and then finished with a round of 65 on Sunday that included five straight birdies.

While Phil was happy to break his long winless drought, he made it clear his focus is on defending his title in Augusta. “I think it’s nothing but a plus to be able to gain some momentum, especially given that I haven’t had the results and the scores that I wanted earlier in the year,” Phil said. “It’s not like I can celebrate and enjoy the victory. There’s some work to be done to get ready for Thursday.”

As for our head-to-head picks, for the first time all year we’ve had two straight losing weeks. Thanks to all the South Africans losing, we went 2-3 in Houston, but we’re still 54-33-7 in 2011.

Our hits:

  • Phil Mickelson, USA (W) Over Hunter Mahan, USA (T8)
  • Matt Kuchar, USA (T8) Over Lee Westwood, England (T30)

Our shanks:

  • Ernie Els, South Africa (T51) Over J.B. Holmes, USA (T42)
  • Charl Schwartzel, South Africa (T30) Over Steve Stricker, USA (T4)
  • Retief Goosen, South Africa (T60) Over Padraig Harrington, Ireland (T8)

 
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