By Richard Animam
Phil Mickelson won the Tour Championship, but Tiger Woods concluded the â€™09 season by raking in golfâ€™s biggest pot
On Sunday evening, after Phil Mickelson had finished what seemed like an endless series of TV and radio interviews, he made it back to the scorerâ€™s tent behind the 18th green at Atlantaâ€™s East Lake Golf Club, where his caddie, Jim (Bones) MacKay, waited. MacKay and his boss wore big, satisfied grins as they shared a hearty handshake. â€œBest idea youâ€™ve ever had, Bones,â€ Mickelson said before heading out to the green for the trophy presentation.
Mickelson had just won the Tour Championship, the fourth and final event of the FedEx Cup playoffs. Won it? More like dominated it. Despite an embarrassing quadruple-bogey 8 on Thursday, Mickelson shot brilliant rounds of 66 and 65 on the weekend for a nine-under 271 to finish three strokes ahead of runner-up Tiger Woods, who didnâ€™t leave empty-handed either. Woods ended up atop the standings in the controversial-yet-ultimately-exciting playoffs to take his second FedEx Cup title, which came with a $10 million prize. In other words, Mickelson won the battle but Tiger won the war.