Monday, November 2

Mickelson Wins PGA Assistant Championship

THEY PLAYED THE NATIONAL CAR RENTAL PGA Assistant Championship this past week in Port Lucie, Florida. And, yes, a guy named Mickelson clinched the title on Sunday after carding a 1-under 71 in the final round, calling it "the biggest win I have ever had."

No, not Phil. (You already knew that, right?) Andy.

Andy Mickelson is a PGA apprentice at Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville, Illinois. He shot 68-65-68-71 for a total of 272, or 16-under par, on the PGA Golf Club's Wanamaker Course.

In and out of golf, Mickelson, 34, was working for a packaging company about a year ago when he got a phone call from Mistwood. That call got him out of the cubicle and back into the game he loves, but he never imagined this.

"It is just surreal," Mickelson said. "I am having trouble fathoming this, to be honest. All week, I was in the mindset of 'shot-to-shot.' I did not get ahead of myself. I just kept my head down."

Adam Rainaud of Massachussetts was the runner-up.

Unlike that other Mickelson, this Mickelson was not brimming with confidence when he arrived in Port Lucie.

"I just wanted to make it to the weekend," he said at "That was my goal. I had a good year in our Section, but there was no way I saw myself winning. No way was I going to go 16-under for four days. I have not played a big four-round tournament in nearly 10 years."

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