Mickelson leads delayed Pebble Beach pro — Sunday's golf roundup

Jo Caldwell
February 14, 2019

The steam coming off his head in the Sunday night gloaming at Pebble Beach was undoubtedly due to the frigid air that permeated the tournament, although few would be surprised if Phil Mickelson really was seething over the idea that he wouldn't be allowed to finish despite two holes to play in enveloping darkness.

Mickelson shot a bogey-free 65 in the final round at Pebble Beach, erasing a three-shot deficit to beat Paul Casey by three shots.

"There's still a glimmer", said Casey said of his chances, who was level par for his round when play was suspended.

Mickelson hit 7-iron to 8 feet on the par-3 17th and played it safe down the par-5 18th, making a 6-foot birdie for a three-shot victory.

Casey was just shy of the green in two, but got up and down from six feet to finish second alone.

Phil Mickelson has won the weather-affected AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am and [1000.0] shot, David Law, has won the ISPS Handa Vic Open.

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"Sometimes I get in my own bubble", Mickelson said.

"It's been a great day so far (but) it's not over, we've got to finish it off", Mickelson said.

The course will be completely different in June, with the rough taller and the greens firmer and no amateurs to take the edge off the proceedings.

Mickelson is on the verge of winning for the 44th time in his career, and matching Mark O'Meara with five victories at a tournament he first played in 1995. Casey said there was no way to finish and they had to return Monday morning.

Mickelson sits at -18 for the tournament, with three holes to play.

"It's been a treat this week", said Casey, who had entered this week with two weeks of rest after a tie for second at the Singapore Open on the Japan Tour.

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His brilliant play still shared the stage with weather that was freaky even by Pebble standards.

This was a fantastic win for the 27-year-old, a protege of fellow Aberdonian and former Open champion Paul Lawrie.

Mickelson and Casey were waiting to tee off when clouds moved in quickly moved in, and rain turned into hail that pounded umbrellas, many of them held sideways to account for the wind.

For years, Mickelson, 48, has rebuffed talk of his age, choosing to focus on aspects that encouraged him going forward even through a four-year stretch without a victory. "In all honesty, it's a good thing to play the last two holes in fresh conditions".

American Scott Stallings is third at 14 under, while South Korea's Si Woo Kim and Scott Langley are a shot back.

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