Mickelson leads at Pebble Beach as Monday finish awaits

Annette Crawford
February 11, 2019

Phil Mickelson plays a shot from the seventh tee during the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at Pebble Beach Golf Links on February 10, 2019.

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

It's a fifth AT&T title for Mickelson, his first since 2012, and it ties him with Mark O'Meara for the most in tournament history. The rain forced the start to be delayed more than an hour Sunday and the hailstorm prompted a delay of over two hours.

In a weather-delayed finish, Phil Mickelson triumphed at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am - the site of this year's U.S. Open.

But Casey told GolfChannel.com that he "genuinely" couldn't see.

"So at the end of previous 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. Mickelson carded a flawless six birdies and no bogeys as he pushed to try and finish the tournament on Sunday.

His brilliant play still shared the stage with weather that was freaky even by Pebble standards.

Mickelson had no problems with Casey's decision.

Greens quickly were covered by the tiny white pellets, and workers went from using squeegees for excess water to power blowers to remove the hail.

Mickelson will carry a three-shot lead into the final day, sitting at 18 under through 16 holes.

Sam Saunders, whose grandfather Arnold Palmer was among the Pebble Beach owners, scooped up hail and tossed it like a snowball.

Both Mickelson and Casey are expected to make the short trip down the California coast to Los Angeles for this week's Genesis Open, where tournament host Tiger Woods headlines a field that will also include seven of the top 10 players in the world.

He just didn't want to stay another day. "But I totally get where he's coming from". "We had a chance to come out today on fresh greens, better weather and be able to see a lot better". The 48-year-old Mickelson said, "I have pretty good vision".

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

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