It was his first Tour victory since winning the 2012 Pebble Beach National Pro-Am almost a year ago.
Mickelson said: “It’s an important one for me, because it’s been a while since I won, been a while since I’ve been in contention.
“I played really good golf and I had to fight really hard to fight off a charging Brandt Snedeker, who played great. It’s a hard thing to do, to win on the PGA Tour and I’m very appreciative and fortunate.”
The highlight of the tournament will be remembered for a long time in the memory of Mickelson though and sadly not for ending his drought.
In the opening round Mickelson upset the golf betting odds by scoring an 11-under-par 60; while pretty much everyone would be delighted with that score, the 42-year-old suffered the misfortune of seeing his putt on the last hole horseshoed and he agonizingly missed out on joining an elite club.
Players who have scored 59 include 1966 US PGA winner Al Geiberger and 2001 Open champion David Duval.
The first round gave Mickelson (10/1 with Paddy Power to win the US Masters) a healthy lead and there was no looking back from there in securing his third victory in the Phoenix Open.
As previously mentioned, Mickelson was the winner of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am last time around and the tournament gets underway soon. Mickelson will be looking to regain his title and win back-to-back tournaments. A victory in California would be his 42nd PGA Tour title.
The level which Mickelson is at is something aspiring golfers can only dream of but the disappointment which he showed following missing out on a tour record shows that you shouldn’t only be happy with winning; bettering yourself is important if you’re to continue improving as a player.
Mickelson added: “The last time I shot 60 here in ’05 I birdied like the last three or four holes just to do that, and I was ecstatic, and I’m ecstatic to shoot 60.
“But there’s a big difference between 60 and 59. Not that big between 60 and 61, there really isn’t. But there’s a big barrier, a Berlin Wall barrier, between 59 and 60.”