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Mickelson survives late charge to win Northern Trust Open

AFP , LOS ANGELES

Phil Mickelson rallied on the final two holes, holding off a late charge from Steve Stricker, to capture his second consecutive PGA Northern Trust Open title on Sunday.

Mickelson, who started the day with a four-shot lead, fired a one-over 72 to reach a 15-under 269 total and win by one stroke over fellow American Stricker.

It was a roller-coaster round for Mickelson, who opened with an eagle but then lost the lead to Stricker before getting it back on the second to last hole.

Stricker shot a final round 67 to finish at 14-under 270. KJ Choi (69), Fred Couples and Andres Romero (70) of tied for third, just two shots back of Mickelson.

Rory Sabbatini (70) and Luke Donald (68) shared sixth with Mark Calcavecchia and JB Holmes.

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