LA QUINTA, Calif. -- A five-month layoff seemed to make Phil Mickelson even better.
Playing for the first time since last August, Mickelson birdied the final three holes of regulation Sunday, then nestled his 80-yard wedge shot next to the pin for another birdie to beat David Berganio Jr. on the first playoff hole in the Bob Hope Classic.
Mickelson shot an 8-under 64, capped by a brilliant flop shot that set up his birdie on No. 18, to finish at 30-under for the five-day tournament.
Berganio closed with a 66. He birdied two of the final three holes of regulation to force the playoff.
But, after Mickelson hit his second shot on the first extra hole, the par-5, 543-yard 18th on the Palmer Course at PGA West, Berganio hit his approach into the water in front of the green.
He then hit his fourth shot within 8 feet of the pin. Mickelson, who hit his second shot out of the sand and into the middle of the fairway, then hit his third shot with perfect line and distance, leaving him only a tap-in.
The victory was the 20th for Mickelson, making him the 34th player in PGA Tour history to reach that plateau and securing a lifetime tour exemption. He is 5-1 in playoffs.
Briny Baird and Cameron Beckman tied for third at 28 under. Jerry Kelly, who won a week earlier in Hawaii, was fifth at 27 under.
KAUPULEHU-KONA, Hawaii -- Tom Kite completed a wire-to-wire victory in the MasterCard Championship, shooting a 5-under 67 to beat John Jacobs by six strokes.
The 52-year-old Texan birdied seven of the final 15 holes to finish at 17-under 199 on the Hualalai course. Jacobs shot a 68, highlighted by a 189-yard shot for double-eagle on the par-5 10th.
Kite opened with a course-record 63 and added a 69 in difficult wind conditions Saturday to take a five-stroke lead into the final round of the Senior PGA Tour's season-opening event.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- England's Justin Rose won his first PGA European Tour title, closing with a 7-under 65 for a two-stroke victory in the Dunhill Championship.
Rose finished at 20-under 268. He tied for fourth in the 1998 British Open as a 17-year-old amateur, then immediately turned pro and missed the cut in his first 22 tournaments.
U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen of South Africa also finished with a 65 to tie for second with England's Mark Foster (69) and South Africa's Martin Maritz (71).
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