Mickelson leads delayed Pebble Beach pro — Sunday's golf roundup

Mickelson leads delayed Pebble Beach pro — Sunday's golf roundup

Mickelson leads delayed Pebble Beach pro — Sunday's golf roundup

Mickelson had to come back Monday morning to finish off his three-shot victory over Paul Casey, which marked his record-tying fifth tournament title and win No. 44 of his illustrious career.

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.

At 18-under-par and with a three-shot lead, a frustrated Mickelson wanted to race through the par-3 17th and par-5 18th despite Englishman Casey admitting he couldn't see.

US PGA Tour officials suspended play for two hours when heavy rain, wind and even hail lashed California's Monterey Peninsula, with the postponement all but guaranteeing the final round will have to be completed on Monday.

Phil Mickelson was not happy at having to return on Tuesday to play the final two holes after bad light stopped play. 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. "I was very appreciative of that, and I told him that".

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

Scott Stallings, the American who held the clubhouse lead at nightfall on Sunday on 15-under, was on hand in case he might be involved in a playoff, but settled for third.

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.

"The bottom line is I have to do well between now and then but I so want to be there", said McDowell who is 246th in the world and not yet qualified for the Masters or the US PGA.

"When guys get in their 40s, two things decline, their putting and their swing speed", said the new world number 17, who is now swinging at close to 120 miles per hour. Adding to it this week, being able to have another memory, another experience here at Pebble Beach is very special to me.

It's the course where his grandfather worked as a caddie and where he began his pro career. And in 1992 he made his first start as a professional at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Six runner-up finishes, some in the most heartbreaking fashion, dot his career, the tournament keeping him from a career Grand Slam.

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

"The rough will be so different and the greens so firm it will be a whole different golf course but I'll deal with that in six months".

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