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November 11, 2007

Phil Mickelson


Q. Phil Mickelson HSBC Champions Champion, 2008, finally, how does that feel?
PHIL MICKELSON: It feels amazing. I don't know how it happened. The whole day was a whirlwind, but what a fun day and what a fun opportunity for me to come play here in China, my first opportunity to do that. And I want to thank HSBC for that opportunity, and I want to thank the people here in China for treating me and my family so wonderfully this week, we had such a great time here.

Q. Can I have your thoughts, please, down the 72nd hole, down the playoff hole, what was going through your mind?
PHIL MICKELSON: To just fight it out; to just keep fighting. I had a huge lead early in the round, hit some horrible shots. I had five penalty strokes, actually six in the final round. And it was a difficult day. But I kept fighting and it's a funny game, golf. You just never know what's going to happen. We say that a lot.
I never thought after hitting in the water I had a chance, but it happened, and I'm very thankful to be the recipient of this year's championship trophy.

Q. I thought I had seen everything happen in golf, but that 72nd hole, you have to feel for Ross Fisher; that was an unbelievable thing that happened to him.
PHIL MICKELSON: I do, and I think everybody does in the golfing community. Ross is getting married next week. I think he has bigger more important things on his mind, and I congratulate he and his fiancee on a successful and hopefully a longlasting marriage and life together.

Q. How will you celebrate the win?
PHIL MICKELSON: We are going to steal some of the wonderful red wine we've been drinking here and hop on the plane and head back to California. I'm taking two and a half months off. This has been a great opportunity for me to test some new Callaway equipment this week that I'm going to put in play in '08 and I feel very good about it. So I feel like I have a head start for '08, but I plan on taking two and a half months off.

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