Mickelson finishes off a 5th win at Pebble Beach

Feb 14, 2019, 00:54
Mickelson finishes off a 5th win at Pebble Beach

Mickelson had to come back Monday morning to finish off his three-shot victory over Paul Casey, which marked his record-tying fifth tournament title and win No. 44 of his illustrious career.

The start of play was delayed by an hour because of rain and was halted for another two hours due to a hail storm, leaving the final group unable to finish their round before darkness fell in California. The final threesomes of the day, with leader Paul Casey and his closest pursuer, Phil Mickelson, still had not teed off, bringing into question whether they'll be able to get 72 holes in before sundown on Sunday.

We'll get to some nuggets backing each argument, but let's first hear from the guy whose opinion matters most in all things Mickelson - the ubiquitous lefty himself.

"I played very well around here on Thursday in good conditions and only shot 3 under", Casey said.

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It is Mickelson and Casey now battling to win the tournament, while Scott Stallings also has an outside chance.

What excites him is that he's putting as well as he has at any time in his career and has found an extra "5-6 miles per hour swing speed" he believes that could be the key at the Masters, even if he conceded that winning 50 times on the PGA Tour might prove a challenge.

Mickelson's first Pebble Beach title back in 1998 came when the weather was so bad that the final round was actually played on a Monday in August - six months after the tournament began.

Law trailed Ormsby by fully five strokes after his penalty and he still trailed by three with just three to play but he birdied the par four 16th, parred the tricky par three 17th and then did this with his second to the par five 18th! "I hit some good golf shots and didn't get anything out of it today", Casey said.

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This was the fourth time that Casey had a 54-hole lead of at least two shots on the PGA Tour and failed to win.

At 18, Mickelson put the ball in the fairway twice, and dropped his approach six feet from the cup to set up his final birdie putt.

Casey also closed Monday's play with a birdie putt at 18 to finish alone in second at 16 under. He won the British Open that summer in Scotland, and the Mexico Championship previous year.

"It's nothing like the course we'll see", Mickelson said.

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American Scott Stallings holds the clubhouse lead on 15 under after his six-under par 66, with Jason Day finished on 13 under, level with South Korea's Kim Si-woo.

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