Fifth Pebble Beach victory makes Mickelson's day

Fifth Pebble Beach victory makes Mickelson's day

Fifth Pebble Beach victory makes Mickelson's day

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.

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

This was the fourth time that Casey had a 54-hole lead of at least two shots on the PGA Tour and failed to win.

On Monday morning, he had a change of heart and said he thanked Casey for standing his ground.

Law trailed Ormsby by fully five strokes after his penalty and he still trailed by three with just three to play but he birdied the par four 16th, parred the tricky par three 17th and then did this with his second to the par five 18th!

After playing the 17th and 18th on Monday, Mickelson admitted Casey was right.

The victory, Mickelson's first since the WGC-Mexico Championship last March and first on USA soil in six years, carries special significance for him. I'm hitting drivers and trying to bomb it down there and hit wedges in, and the rough will be so different and the greens will be so firm it will be a whole different golf course.

The Portrush man turns 39 in July and while he lost his PGA Tour card a year ago and must rely in invitations to fill out his schedule, he wants desperately to be at Royal Portrush for The Open.

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.

Casey resumed with a three-foot par putt at the 16th hole on Monday, while Mickelson had already completed the hole. Before long, the greens were filled with tiny pellets, and workers went from using squeegees for excess water to power blowers to remove the hail.

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

Mickelson, however, doesn't think the win this week will give him an edge in June.

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

"I believe that if I play my best, if Tiger plays his best, it's good enough to win on any week", said Mickelson. Jason Day (68) and Kim Si-woo (68) were two strokes further back on 13-under 274.

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