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Mickelson shakes off virus to capture CA Championship

AFP , MIAMI, FLORIDA

A sick Phil Mickelson didn’t crawl out of bed until barely an hour before the final round, but it did not stop him from winning the CA Championship on Sunday.

“I knew I was going to play well. That’s why they say ‘beware of the ailing golfer,’” he said after edging fellow American Nick Watney by one stroke at Doral’s Blue Monster.

Mickelson claimed his first victory in a World Golf Championships event, shooting 69 to finish at 19-under-par 269. Under the circumstances, it was one of the best victories of his career. He also moved into second in the world rankings behind Tiger Woods.

The left-handed American was ill with what he described as a virus and felt so bad on Saturday night that he got his caddie to drive him to a hospital.

Watney shot 70 for 18-under, while compatriot Jim Furyk (67) stormed home for third place on 16-under, with Tiger Woods equal ninth on 11-under.

■PUERTO RICO OPEN

AFP, RIO GRANDE, PUERTO RICO

Michael Bradley sank a birdie putt on the 18th hole Sunday to capture the Puerto Rico Open.

Bradley drained an 11-footer to edge Jason Day and Brett Quigley at Trump International Golf Club.

With a closing round of two-under-par 70, Bradley finished at 14-under 274.

“I’m almost 43 and you don’t know really how many opportunities you’re going to have,” Bradley said. “I’m not Tiger Woods. So when I do have an opportunity, come a Sunday, that maybe have a chance to win, it’s probably a little more special.”

Day and Quigley both finished at 13-under with Bart Bryant and Greg Chalmers another shot back in a tie for fourth.

Bradley collected US$630,000 for his third PGA Tour win and first since the Doral-Ryder Open in 1998.

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