Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Phil Mickelson beats everyone but the dark at Pebble Beach

Phil Mickelson beats everyone but the dark at Pebble Beach

He trailed Paul Casey by three shots entering Sunday's play before Mother Nature poundered the course with an unprecedented hail storm and delayed play by more than two hours.

Mickelson and Casey were unable to tee off on the par-3 17th due to darkness and will return on Monday morning.

"It means a lot to me to play the final round as focused and as well as I did", said Mickelson, who started the final round three strokes behind Casey. "The greens will be firm, the rough will be high", said Mickelson after clinching his 44th PGA Tour title.

Phil Mickelson was not happy at having to return on Tuesday to play the final two holes after bad light stopped play.

"It's dark and we have a chance to come out tomorrow on fresh greens".

"Here I'm trying to hit the ball as far as I can, not anxious too much about the rough, balls plugging and we're able to clean it".


"So at the end of past year, even though I played poorly, I had something happen where it seemed like overnight - it had really been in the works - where my driver speed shot up 5, 6 miles an hour, which rarely ever happens to anybody, let alone somebody in their late 40s", he said.

The victory, Mickelson's first since the WGC-Mexico Championship last March and first on US soil in six years, carries special significance for him. "I need to do something special".

Casey has a four-foot putt to save par on the 16th green when play resumes at 8am (4pm GMT) on Monday, while Stallings holds the clubhouse lead on 15 under after a six-under 66.

Phil Mickelson poses with the trophy after winning the Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Monday. 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. 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. Another feature of Pebble Beach is the scenic 17-Mile Drive that offers drivers and passengers views of the golf course, seascape and spectacular mansions.

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. I have such great memories here and I would love nothing more than to add to it, five months from now.

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