Date: February 18, 2008

Allenby ties for seventh

World No.2 Phil Mickelson has cashed in on the absence of Tiger Woods to claim the Northern Trust Open by two shots. Mickelson carded a one-under-par 71 to finish the tournament on 12-under ahead of Jeff Quinney on 10-under, and Padraig Harrington and Luke Donald, who were equal third on seven-under. A three-under-par 68 lifted Robert Allenby from his overnight position of 23rd to finish tied seventh, equal with compatriot Stuart Appleby, who slipped from fourth after a final round of 71. Adam Scott was the next best Australian, shooting a two-under-par 69 to finish in a tie for 14th. For Mickelson, it was a tournament the left-hander had long coveted, having lost in a playoff after bogeying the 18th 12 months ago, while at the FBR Open two weeks ago, he had a one-stroke lead but JB Holmes birdied the final hole to force a playoff which he won on the first extra hole. This time, Mickelson minimised his mistakes and took a three-shot lead to the final hole. “It is pretty cool,” Mickelson said. “I&aposve wanted to win here for a long time. It was a tough fight with Jeff. He played really well.” “I had some solid shots on the back nine and Jeff had a couple of three-putts to give me the lead. I was able to not make any mistakes and hang on to win.” “I felt I had the tournament won last year and I bogeyed 18. I didn&apost want to get ahead of myself. I wanted to try to play each shot smart coming down the stretch and not get too emotional.” Final scores from the Northern Trust Open, California -12 Phil Mickelson 68 64 70 70 -10 Jeff Quinney 69 67 67 71 -7 Padraig Harrington 69 69 71 68, Luke Donald 68 71 70 68 -6 Ryuji Imada 71 69 60 68, Scott Verplank 68 69 71 70 -5 Robert Allenby (Australia) 70 66 75 68, K.J. Choi 65 73 71 70, Stuart Appleby 69 70 69 71, J.B. Holmes 74 66 69 70 Also: -2 Peter Lonard 69 70 74 69, Nathan Green 72 70 70 70 +6 Mathew Goggin 73 71 72 74