Perhaps it was appropriate that two long victory droughts ended on the first Sunday in March, a month associated with the coming of spring and a time when the golf world begins to turn its attention to major championships.
Five-time major champion Phil Mickelson and 2014 U.S. Women’s Open winner Michelle Wie had not entered the winner’s circle since claiming major titles in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
For Mickelson, 47, it was the longest drought of his hall-of-fame career, a span that covered 97 tournaments. His last victory came when he shot a final-round 65 at Muirfield in the 2013 Open Championship.
On Sunday, Mickelson, the 1990 U.S. Amateur champion, needed one playoff hole to defeat Justin Thomas to win the WGC-Mexico Championship at Chapultepec Golf Club in Mexico City.
Halfway around the globe in Singapore, Wie, 28, holed a 35-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to earn a one-stroke victory in the HSBC Champions for her first title since holding off Stacy Lewis in the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club.