Despite a rousing victory in the Byron Nelson Classic, young southpaw Phil Mickelson doesn't want to compare his accomplishments to those of Jack Nicklaus.
"Comparing me to Jack is a compliment," he said. "There is only one Jack Nicklaus. And there will never be another one."Maybe so. But at age 25 Mickelson has compiled a record that would turn anyone but Nicklaus green with envy.
He rode a dramatic eagle on the par-5 16th hole to a closing 4-under-par 66 Sunday to nip Australian Craig Parry and earn him a third PGA Tour title this year.
It was his eighth triumph in only his fourth year on the pro circuit, and the $270,000 paycheck propelled him past Fred Couples and Mark O'Meara to the top of the PGA money-winning list with $1,072,145.
Mickelson's 72-hole total of 265 was 15-under par for four trips around the Tournament Players Course at the Four Seasons Club and two strokes better than Parry.
Parry fired a 65 for 267 and $162,000 of the $1.5 million purse.
Another stroke back was David Duval, who overcame a horrendous double bogey on the first hole to shoot a 65. Nick Price and Jeff Sluman had 67s to share fourth place at 269.
Reigning U.S. Open Champion Corey Pavin matched 70 and was tied for sixth at 270 with Mark Brooks , Gil Morgan and Mark Wiebe .
Unable to reject a personal invitation from golfing legend Byron Nelson, Mickelson came to town for a "fun week" and found himself late Sunday tied for the lead with three holes to play and desperately needing a birdie at the 554-yard 16th hole.
Instead, he chipped in from 30 feet for the eagle.