Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Phil Mickelson finishes off rain-delayed fifth Pebble Beach win

Phil Mickelson finishes off rain-delayed fifth Pebble Beach win

It's where his grandfather, Al Santos, was among the first caddies when the course opened in 1919, and Mickelson still uses as a marker the 1900 silver dollar his grandfather kept in his pocket to remind him he was not poor. Casey could barely see the 3 feet of grass between his ball and the cup on the 16th hole and said there was no way to complete two holes in six minutes.

Mickelson had a three-shot lead over Paul Casey with two holes to play when it was too dark to finish Sunday night (Monday NZT) - no matter how hard Mickelson lobbied to keep going - because of delays from rain and a hail storm. "I thanked Paul this morning for letting us finish in the morning", he told the Golf Channel, admitting that he had been in his "little bubble" and self-centered.

For much of the final day, Ormsby's only serious danger had looked to be pre-event [130.0] shot, Brad Kennedy, and the veteran Sydneysider hit a low of [2.1] himself as the pair duelled it out on the back nine but it was all change late on when [1000.0] chance, David Law, rallied superbly after calling a penalty on himself on the ninth.

"I just need one more match with Tiger and I should get there", Mickelson joked.

Casey finished with a birdie that was worth US$152,000 (NZ$225,000) because he wound up alone in second place. Casey and FedEx executive Don Colleran had a one-shot lead in the pro-am.

Someone in Mickelson's camp also might have noted that his group was woefully behind and that if finishing the round Sunday was a priority, perhaps they should have played faster.

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At least Phil Mickelson didn't break his own record for the longest event in PGA Tour history. The other three times he was 2-over par or worse in the final round.

However, the 5-time Major victor hasn't been as animated on the golf course as usual, and he revealed that's down to his personal relationship with Casey.

The Pebble Beach Pro-Am appears headed for a Monday finish after a hailstorm halted play in the final round on Sunday.

Mickelson needs to win the US Open to complete the Major Grand Slam and with Father Time accelerating along, playing this year at a venue that he knows so well and that he plays so well, offers him a chance. It is where he began his professional career at the 1992 U.S. Open.

His first one also was a Monday finish, when players returned in August - more than six months later - to finish the third round of the weather-plagued tournament to make it official. A missed cut in Phoenix, Mickelson said, was due in part to a driver experimentation that he quickly abandoned. And even at 48, that never gets old.

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