Mickelson wins PGA Tour West Coast Swing
With his tie for fifth place finish at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, Phil Mickelson has captured the 2004 PGA Tour West Coast Swing presented by The St. Paul.
Mickelson, who won the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in January, receives a $500,000 winner's bonus, presented to the player who accumulates the most points during the nine-tournament West Coast Swing, based on top-10 performances. Vijay Singh finished runner-up and will collect $300,000, while third-place finisher Mike Weir earned $200,000. Mickelson finished with 241.250 points, while Singh had 212.500 and Weir, 175.000.
Mickelson entered this week's World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship in second place and one of six players who had a chance to win the "King of the Swing" title.
Mickelson began the week in second place with 212.500 points, trailing only Singh, who had accumulated 227.000. Last year's "King of the Swing" Weir was in third place with 175.000, while Stuart Appleby (160.000), Jonathan Kaye (150.000) and John Daly (150.000) were still in contention.
Kaye lost in the first round of the Accenture Match Play Championship, while Singh, Weir and Appleby lost in the second round, eliminating them from contention. Daly, who tied for 69th at the Chrysler Classic of Tucson, had to win in order to supplant Mickelson.
In addition to his win at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, Mickelson finished tied for seventh at the FBR Open, third at AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and tied for fourth in the Buick Invitational.
As part of its sponsorship of the West Coast Swing, The St. Paul also supplements the purse of eight tournaments, excluding the Accenture Match Play Championship, by $300,000.
Mickelson won the inaugural "King of the Swing" title in 1998. Tiger Woods earned the title the next two years, Davis Love III captured the 2001 title, Chris DiMarco in 2002 and Mike Weir won last year.
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