Mickelson finishes off fifth win at Pebble Beach

Lynette Rowe
February 11, 2019

Phil Mickelson closed out victory at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am for a record-equalling fifth time, holding off Paul Casey in a weather-delayed finish.

Paul Casey had a three-shot lead over Phil Mickelson.

"Sometimes I just get in my own little bubble and I don't see the big picture and I just, I wanted to finish, I was playing well, and I just didn't take all the factors into account", he said after Monday's two-hole finish.

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.

Hale Irwin, who won the 1990 edition of the US Open at 45 years and 15 days old, is the oldest US Open victor to date so the stats are really against Phil Mickelson, who turns 49 on the Sunday of this year's edition.

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.

Mickelson argued that he could "see just fine" on Sunday evening, moments after sunset with two holes remaining.

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The American is on 18 under with two holes left to play, with playing partner Paul Casey on 15 under.

"So at the end of a year ago, 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.

He preferred to suspend play with his ball on the 16th green, resuming the tournament on Monday when the greens, which took a beating from rain Saturday night and an impressive hailstorm Sunday, would be fresh. Casey finished alone in second place; Stallings completed play Sunday.

Instead, he had to return early Monday morning to complete his 44th PGA Tour victory, claiming a fifth AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am while also becoming the eighth-oldest victor in PGA Tour history. He won the British Open that summer in Scotland, and the Mexico Championship previous year.

He will return to Pebble Beach in June for the US Open, where he made his pro debut in 1992. A missed cut in Phoenix, Mickelson said, was due in part to a driver experimentation that he quickly abandoned. "I'll deal with that in six months".

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. And it is where he will turn 49 on the final day of the 2019 U.S. Open.

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