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Lefty back in swing of things

Phil Mickelson can hardly wait to tee it up again.

Mickelson birdied the first playoff hole to beat Skip Kendall in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic on Sunday and end an 18-month winless streak.

"It's terrific. I can't wait to do it again. I want it next week," said Mickelson, who had dropped from second to 16th in the world. "I just have so much fun when I'm playing well. Not having been there last year, I realize how much I missed it."

Mickelson, the 2002 Hope champion, holed a 3-foot birdie to win. Kendall was left looking for his first PGA Tour victory. He was runnerup for the fourth time in his career, losing three times in playoffs. Mickelson closed with 4-under 68 to match Kendall (65) at 30-under 330.

After each birdied the final hole, they returned to the 18th for the playoff. Both hit drives down the center, then Kendall pulled his second shot into the left rough beside the green. Mickelson's shot went into the rough on the other side, but closer to the hole.

Kendall chipped onto the putting surface, then missed a 20-foot birdie. Mickelson's chip left him the short putt for the win.

"I played my heart out. It's hard to take, but I'm glad I was there," said the 39-year-old Kendall, 0-for-294 in tour events.

Jay Haas (67), the 1988 champion and runnerup to Mike Weir a year ago, was one back in third. Kirk Triplett (74), tied for the lead entering the final round, had four bogeys and double bogey and was six back.

Kendall, who was co-leader after the first round but had not been atop the leaderboard since, moved one ahead of Mickelson with a short birdie on No. 16, while Mickelson bogeyed No. 15.

Kendall gave it back on the next hole, missing a 10-foot par putt after pushing his tee shot to the right of the green.

Mickelson spent the winter trying to regain the form that carried him to 21 victories and made him the world's second-ranked player. That's 22 wins now, including a 6-1 record in playoffs.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Fuzzy Zoeller won the season-opening MasterCard Championship, birdieing the final three holes for 8-under 64 and a one-stroke victory over 2003 winner Dana Quigley (65) in Kaupulehu-Kona, Hawaii.

Zoeller finished 20-under 196 for his second tour title. Zoeller, Quigley, second-round leader Doug Tewell and Craig Stadler jockeyed for position on the back nine until Quigley and Zoeller birdied No. 17 to go up by a stroke.

Zoeller found an opening when he hit the green on his approach shot on No. 18, while Quigley's shot found the left bunker.

Zoeller, a 10-time winner on the PGA Tour, won the 2002 Senior PGA Championship _ his first year on the Champions Tour. Stadler tied the tournament record with (63) and finished third with Tewell (69) at 198.

EUROPEAN PGA: Marcel Siem made a 10-foot birdie on the third playoff hole to beat Raphael Jacquelin and Gregory Havret at the Dunhill Championship in Johannesburg, South Africa. Siem shot 6-under 66 and finished tied with Jacquelin (67) and Havret (67) at 22-under 266.

The players parred the first extra hole, held on the 18th, then Havret parred the second and was eliminated when Siem and Jacquelin birdied. On the third, Jacquelin parred, and the 23-year-old Siem rolled in a birdie for his first tour victory. Siem is the fifth straight first-time winner at Dunhill, joining Anthony Wall, Adam Scott, Justin Rose and Mark Foster.