Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mickelson Wins Northern Telecom Open

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mickelson Wins Northern Telecom Open

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Phil Mickelson recovered from an inconsistent front nine Sunday to capture the Northern Telecom Open in Tucson, Ariz.

Mickelson became the first man to win the same tournament as an amateur and a professional.

In beating Jim Gallagher Jr. by 1 stroke, Mickelson shot a 4-under-par 68 for a four-round total of 269.

Mickelson parred the last three holes of the $1.25 million tournament after pulling into a tie with Gallagher at 18 under. Gallagher bogeyed the 18th hole when he 3-putted from 45 feet and Mickelson made a 2-footer for par.

In 1991, Mickelson was playing for Arizona State when he won this event and was unable to collect a cent for beating the pros. But his $225,000 first prize for his sixth consecutive top-10 finish in Tucson (two as an amateur) increased his 1995 earnings to $244,250, tops in the PGA. Gallagher shot 69 and finished in a tie with Scott Simpson at 270. Brett Ogle claimed fourth place at 271, and Jim Furyk was fifth, 1 shot back.


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