Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Mickelson on brink of 5th Pebble Beach victory

Mickelson on brink of 5th Pebble Beach victory

But after coming from three strokes behind Paul Casey, carding a faultless, seven-under 65 to capture his fifth AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am title by three shots, the left-hander sounded a word of warning to Rory McIlroy and the rest of golf's young guns.

Mickelson was at 18-under par through 16 holes.

"I believe that if I play my best, if Tiger plays his best, it's good enough to win on any week", said Mickelson.

The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am returns to the world famous Pebble Beach Golf Links on the Monterey Peninsula in California.

"Every time I get here I have such feelings of gratitude that all that this place has done for my family, starting with my grandfather", he said.

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. They got pretty rough this afternoon so I totally get it. Before he won, he marked his 500th PGA Tour cut made on Friday.

"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.

Casey said he didn't see why they should continue in the gathering darkness when they wouldn't be able to complete the round.

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Mickelson will have to return at 8 a.m. Monday to play the last two holes.

Third-round leader Paul Casey, who mixed two bogeys with two birdies, was at 15 under with three holes remaining, tied with Scott Stallings who finished with a 66.

Mickelson and Casey were waiting to tee off when clouds moved in quickly moved in, and rain turned into hail that pounded umbrellas, many of them held sideways to account for the wind.

"From my angle it was are we going to get 18 done", he said.

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. A birdie at the second was followed by eight straight pars before back-to-back bogeys at 11 and 12. Mickelson poured it on, showing his skills have not deteriorated a bit at age 48, controlling spin beautifully to back pin positions.

Some players finished in the dark with no chance of winning, but showed the effect of playing without light.

Jason Day closed with a 68 and was tied for fourth at 13-under 175 with Si Woo Kim (68).

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