24 Feb 2009

Mickleson squanders five stroke lead but bounces back

6:04 am on 24 February 2009

American Phil Mickelson squandered a five-stroke lead before coming from two behind with three holes remaining to win the Northern Trust Golf Open by just one shot in California.

Despite struggling off the tee for most of the final round, the left-hander birdied 16 and 17 before parring the last to complete a successful title defence at Riviera Country Club.

American Steve Stricker, who had led by two shots with two holes to play, had to settle for second place after closing with a 67.