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Mickelson Earns Wire-to-Wire Win

  • Phil Mickelson pumps his arms as he celebrates a long birdie putt on the seventh hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Phil Mickelson pumps his arms as he celebrates a long birdie putt on the seventh hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • Phil Mickelson pumps his arms as he celebrates a long birdie putt on the seventh hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Phil Mickelson pumps his arms as he celebrates a long birdie putt on the seventh hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • Brandt Snedeker, right, laughs with Phil Mickelson as they talk about Mickelson's long birdie putt at the seventh hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Brandt Snedeker, right, laughs with Phil Mickelson as they talk about Mickelson's long birdie putt at the seventh hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • Brandt Snedeker, right, laughs with Phil Mickelson as they talk about Mickelson's long birdie putt at the seventh hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Brandt Snedeker, right, laughs with Phil Mickelson as they talk about Mickelson's long birdie putt at the seventh hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • Phil Mickelson, left, smiles as he bumps elbows with Brandt Snedeker after both make birdie on the seventh hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Phil Mickelson, left, smiles as he bumps elbows with Brandt Snedeker after both make birdie on the seventh hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • Phil Mickelson, left, smiles as he bumps elbows with Brandt Snedeker after both make birdie on the seventh hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Phil Mickelson, left, smiles as he bumps elbows with Brandt Snedeker after both make birdie on the seventh hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • Phil Mickelson celebrates after making a long birdie putt on the seventh hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Phil Mickelson celebrates after making a long birdie putt on the seventh hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • Brandt Snedeker, left, smiles as Phil Mickelson walks past after Mickelson madea long birdie putt on the seventh hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Brandt Snedeker, left, smiles as Phil Mickelson walks past after Mickelson madea long birdie putt on the seventh hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • Brandt Snedeker, left, smiles as Phil Mickelson walks past after Mickelson madea long birdie putt on the seventh hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Brandt Snedeker, left, smiles as Phil Mickelson walks past after Mickelson madea long birdie putt on the seventh hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • Phil Mickelson walks past the gallery on his way to the third hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Phil Mickelson walks past the gallery on his way to the third hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • Phil Mickelson walks past the gallery on his way to the third hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Phil Mickelson walks past the gallery on his way to the third hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • Phil Mickelson removes his cap after winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz.  (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Phil Mickelson removes his cap after winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Phil Mickelson removes his cap after winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz.  (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Phil Mickelson removes his cap after winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Phil Mickelson, left, hugs his caddie, Jim Mackay, after winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Phil Mickelson, left, hugs his caddie, Jim Mackay, after winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Phil Mickelson, left, hugs his caddie, Jim Mackay, after winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Phil Mickelson, left, hugs his caddie, Jim Mackay, after winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • After the final round, Phil Mickelson, upper right, celebrates with the crowd after winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    After the final round, Phil Mickelson, upper right, celebrates with the crowd after winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • After the final round, Phil Mickelson, upper right, celebrates with the crowd after winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    After the final round, Phil Mickelson, upper right, celebrates with the crowd after winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • Phil Mickelson celebrates after making a long birdie putt on the seventh hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Phil Mickelson celebrates after making a long birdie putt on the seventh hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

  • Phil Mickelson pumps his arms as he celebrates a long birdie putt on the seventh hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
  • Phil Mickelson pumps his arms as he celebrates a long birdie putt on the seventh hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
  • Brandt Snedeker, right, laughs with Phil Mickelson as they talk about Mickelson's long birdie putt at the seventh hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
  • Brandt Snedeker, right, laughs with Phil Mickelson as they talk about Mickelson's long birdie putt at the seventh hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
  • Phil Mickelson, left, smiles as he bumps elbows with Brandt Snedeker after both make birdie on the seventh hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
  • Phil Mickelson, left, smiles as he bumps elbows with Brandt Snedeker after both make birdie on the seventh hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
  • Phil Mickelson celebrates after making a long birdie putt on the seventh hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
  • Brandt Snedeker, left, smiles as Phil Mickelson walks past after Mickelson madea long birdie putt on the seventh hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
  • Brandt Snedeker, left, smiles as Phil Mickelson walks past after Mickelson madea long birdie putt on the seventh hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
  • Phil Mickelson walks past the gallery on his way to the third hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
  • Phil Mickelson walks past the gallery on his way to the third hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
  • Phil Mickelson removes his cap after winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz.  (AP Photo/Matt York)
  • Phil Mickelson removes his cap after winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz.  (AP Photo/Matt York)
  • Phil Mickelson, left, hugs his caddie, Jim Mackay, after winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)
  • Phil Mickelson, left, hugs his caddie, Jim Mackay, after winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)
  • After the final round, Phil Mickelson, upper right, celebrates with the crowd after winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
  • After the final round, Phil Mickelson, upper right, celebrates with the crowd after winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
  • Phil Mickelson celebrates after making a long birdie putt on the seventh hole during the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Scottdale, Ariz. — Phil Mickelson completed a wire-to-wire victory in the Phoenix Open, again flirting with history in a dominating four-day run at TPC Scottsdale.

Mickelson shot a 4-under-par 67 yesterday to finish at 28-under 256, two strokes off the PGA Tour record of 254 set by Tommy Armour III in the 2003 Texas Open.

Mickelson missed a chance for a 59 in the first round when his 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole caught the right edge of the cup, curled 180 degrees and stayed out. He settled for a 60 and followed with rounds of 65 and 64 to take a six-stroke lead into the final round.

Brandt Snedeker finished second, four strokes back after a 65.

Mickelson took a three-stroke lead to the 17th tee, and nearly drove into the left-side water on the drivable par 4, his ball stopping a yard short of the hazard. He hit his 25-yard second shot 15 feet past the hole and made the birdie putt. Snedeker matched him with a little shorter putt to remain three shots behind.

Mickelson parred the par-4 18th after another drive to the left, one that easily cleared the water he hit into Friday en route to a double bogey. Snedeker closed with a bogey.

Mickelson had his third wire-to-wire victory and first since the 2006 BellSouth Classic — a 13-stroke blowout the week before the second of his three Masters victories. He pushed his victory total to 41, winning for the first time since 51 weeks ago at Pebble Beach.

College Hockey

BC Has Four-Peat in Sight

Boston — Defending NCAA champion Boston College its seeking a school-record fourth straight Beanpot crown.

Boston University (13-10-1) plays Northeastern (7-13-3) today to open the first round of the 61st annual Beanpot, which matches the area’s four Division I hockey programs annually on the first two Mondays in February. Boston College (15-7-2) faces Harvard (5-14-1) in the second game.

Another tourney title would give BC’s senior class a perfect 8-0 mark in Beanpot play.

Tennis

Querrey Lifts U.S.

Jacksonville, Fla. — Sam Querrey beat Thiago Alves 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3) to give the United States a dramatic 3-2 victory over Brazil and a spot in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.

The U.S. will host Serbia in the next round in Boise, Idaho, on April 5-7.

Querrey stepped up after teammate John Isner lost 2-6, 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-3 to Thomaz Bellucci earlier yesterday, forcing a deciding fifth match. It was the first time since 2000 that a U.S. team needed to win the fifth match to advance.

Kirilenko Wins
In Thailand

Pattaya, Thailand — Second-seeded Maria Kirilenko of Russia won the Pattaya Open by coming from a set down to beat Sabine Lisicki.

Kirilenko dominated a third-set tiebreaker to defeat the fifth-seeded German 5-7, 6-1, 7-6 (1).

It was the 15th-ranked Kirilenko’s sixth WTA title — and her first since 2008.

Skiing

Vonn Drawing Bodyguards

Schladming, Austria — With attention on her personal life intensifying, Lindsey Vonn will be surrounded by bodyguards at the Alpine skiing world championships.

An average of 30,000 fans per race are expected in this small Alpine village during the 13-day championships, which start tomorrow with the women’s super-G and end Feb. 17.

“There’s going to be an incredible amount of people here in Schladming, and it’s a very small space,” Vonn said Sunday at a news conference arranged by the U.S. team.

She said Red Bull, her sponsor, has hired security “to make sure I can get in and out and not have any difficulty, but I don’t expect there to be any problems. But it’s better to be safe than sorry.”

Vonn’s divorce from her husband of more than four years, Thomas, was completed last month.

There has been online chatter about an alleged relationship between Vonn and Tiger Woods. She was asked by a local TV reporter whether the golfer would be coming to watch her ski.

“Oh, my god! I don’t know,” Vonn replied. “You should ask him.”

The reporter than asked again, “in the name of Schladming.”

“I have no idea. I have no idea,” Vonn said, repeating herself with a big smile and giggles.

Vonn recently left the circuit for nearly a month to recover from an intestinal illness. She has won two races since she returned last month.

“I actually don’t know what’s going on in the U.S. as far as media pertaining to these world championships,” Vonn said. “I haven’t really been going online very much. I’ve just been focusing on preparing for world championships.”