Phil Mickelson Finishes Off a Fifth Win at Pebble Beach

Phil Mickelson Finishes Off a Fifth Win at Pebble Beach

Veteran left-hander Mickelson started his final round of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Sunday three shots off the lead but ended up sealing victory by as many strokes in a weather-delayed finale on Monday.

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 finished at 19-under 268, while Englishman Paul Casey (71) birdied the final hole for second place on 16-under. He drilled a 7-iron into eight feet on the par-3 17th and made par, and then played conservatively up the par-5 18th and finished with a 6ft birdie for a three-shot victory.

That was in 1998, when rain soaked the Monterey Peninsula in February, and the PGA Tour made a decision to play the third round the day after the PGA Championship ended up the Pacific coast at Sahalee. Casey and FedEx executive Don Colleran had a one-shot lead in the pro-am.

The final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am was delayed Sunday by the kind of weather that once gave this event its reputation, including a hail storm that covered the greens in white. "I can see fine".

Casey was at 15 under, tied with Scott Stallings, who closed with a 66.

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"It has been a treat this week", Casey said.

It also would be his first victory on American soil since the Phoenix Open six years ago. Along with five titles at Pebble Beach, he ties Woods and Billy Casper - all three native Californians - with his 14th career victory in the Golden State.

"I thanked Paul this morning because I am sometimes in my own little bubble I don't see the big picture", Mickelson said. He won the British Open that summer in Scotland, and the Mexico Championship a year ago. The US Open remains the final piece missing for him to complete the career grand lam, though Lefty was quick to caution that this week had no bearing on this summer.

And while the fairway lines already have been cut much tighter at Pebble, the conditions were so soft that balls plugged in the fairway when they landed and greens easily held shots even from the rough. I would love nothing more than to add to it five months from now, but that's so far down the road.

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