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"It was a perfect number, a perfect shot," he said. "It would have been nice to have a putt at it."
Snedeker closed with a 69 after narrowly missing a 12-foot birdie on the last hole. Leishman had a 68.
Michael Allen celebrated his 51st birthday with five straight birdies for a Sunday-best 65, moving him into a tie for fifth with Ernie Els (69), Rickie Fowler (70) and Alex Prugh (66), who earned a trip to Riviera next week for the Northern Trust Open.
Allenby was the first to make a move at Crane, pulling within two shots after his two-putt birdie at the 13th. But for the second straight tournament, he was a victim of the new V-groove regulation. His ball jumped out of the rough on the 14th with a 7-iron, well over the green and into the hazard. In Honolulu, another flier went through the back of the green on the last hole and he made par to lose by one.
"If you really look at it, it's cost me two tournaments, definitely," Allenby said. "I was in the groove and feeling ready to do it today, and it was such a shame that it happened."
Mickelson was four shots behind when he teed off to a hometown cheer. Within an hour, he was out of the tournament.
He pulled his bunker shot down a slope to the right of the first green, blocked by branches of a torrey pine from playing a flop shot. Using his Ping-Eye 2 wedge with square grooves that has caused so much consternation this week, he flew it onto the green and it raced some 30 feet by the cup, leading to bogey.
Two more bogeys followed, and that was that.
"I didn't feel I played as bad as the score reflected," Mickelson said after his 73. "I feel my game is coming around. I was really excited about playing here. Maybe I was a little anxious. My timing was a little off this week."
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