PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (Swing Update) – Phil Mickelson is poised to win a fifth victory for pro-am AT & T Pebble Beach by turning a three-shot deficit into a three-shot lead as a wild day prevented him ending Sunday.
Mickelson was free with six birdies, and he had his big race starting with a new iron one foot behind the cup on the ninth of normal 4. It was the start of a five-hole series when Mickelson made three birdies. and that Paul Casey had two.
The only thing that did not work out as Mickelson wanted was timing.
The last round started with an hour late because of the rain, then was delayed by two hours when the sun gave way to a hail storm in minutes, covering the greens with a layer of white .
Mickelson was 18 under par 16 holes. Casey had a putt of 3 feet per foot on the same hole when Mickelson tried to push for both to finish, even in the dark.
Mickelson will return Monday at 8 am to play the last two holes.
Casey was at 15 under, tied with Scott Stallings, who curled with a score of 66. With an outside chance of forcing the playoffs, finishing alone in second place instead of a tie is a difference of $ 152,000 , with world ranking points and points from the FedEx Cup. . Casey and Don Colleran, FedEx executive, had a one-shot lead in the pro-am.
Mickelson was standing on the 17th tee when he heard the sound of the horn to stop playing and he shook his head.
The rest of his day was much better than the weather.
Mickelson is about to win for the 44th time in his career, and matches Mark O 'Meara to five wins in a tournament that he played for the first time in 1995. That would be also his first victory on American soil since the Phoenix Open six years ago. . He won the British Open this summer in Scotland and the Mexican championship last year.
His brilliant room still shared the scene with a weird weather, even by Pebble standards.
Mickelson and Casey were waiting for the arrival of the clouds when the clouds settled quickly, and the rain turned into hail that pounded the umbrellas, number of them kept aside to account for the wind. The greens were quickly covered by the tiny white pellets and the workers began using squeegees to remove excess water in order to operate the blowers to eliminate hail.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
BOCA RATON, Fla. (Swing Update) – Bernhard Langer has come home in the Oasis Championship.
Playing at 10 minutes from home, the 61-year-old German star closed the match with a wind of less than 65 years in windy conditions at The Old Course in Broken Sound for a five-shot victory. He finished on a tournament record with 197 players under 197 for his 39th victory on the 50 and over circuit and earned $ 255,000 to break Hale Irwin's career career record with $ 27,196,504.
Also a tournament winner in 2010, Langer climbed on the list of six victories on the Irwin circuit and won his 13th consecutive season to improve his record. He managed a birdie in five of the first seven holes of a round without a bogey.
Marco Dawson was second after a 69. Bob Estes shot a 68 to finish third at 13 under, and David Toms was another shot after 70.
BARWON HEADS, Australia (Swing Update) – Celine Boutier of France won the ISPS Handa Vic Open for her first LPGA Tour title, earning a point-and-a-half victory for a two-stroke victory at 13th Beach Golf Links.
Boutier finished at 8-281 to become the fourth French winner in the history of the LPGA Tour. Former 25-year-old Duke also won the 2017 Ladies European Tour Sanya Ladies Open and the 2018 Australian Ladies Classic Bonville.
Australia's Sarah Kemp (65), Su Oh (74) and England's Charlotte Thomas (69) tied for second place. Third-place leader Kim Kaufman had a score of 78 tied for eighth at 4 under.
The tournament was played next to a men's event.
The LPGA tour will remain in Australia next week for the Australian Women's Open at The Grange in Adelaide.
EUROPEAN TOUR AND PGA TOUR OF AUSTRALASIA
BARWON HEADS, Australia (Swing Update) – Scotland's David Law overcame a three-time deficit over the last three holes to win the ISPS Handa Vic Open for his first European Tour title.
Law birdied with a 16th place finish and managed an 8 foot eagle putt on an 18-foot ball for a 66-point win and a one-shot victory over the Australians Wade Ormsby (70). ) and Brad Kennedy (67). Ormsby had a double bogey at the 17th match-3.
PANAMA CITY (Swing Update) – Canada's Michael Gligic concluded with a win under 65 for a one-time victory at the Panama Championship, his first win in nearly seven years.
Gligic was a shot back when he opened the last nine, then took advantage ahead of Zhang Xinjun with a birdie at the 14th hole of normal 4. Both made a bogey on the 15th and Gligic extended his lead with another bird on the 16th.
Zhang made a birdie on the last hole for a 66 to finish a shot back.
Ben Taylor, who had a one-shot lead in the final round, only managed to bird a bird at the 16th hole and finished with a 71.
Gligic finished with a total under 27 and a total of 272. His only other win as a professional was on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada in 2012.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (Swing Update) – Zimbabwean Benjamin Follett-Smith won the Cape Open with two strokes for his first Sunshine Tour title.
Follett-Smith closed with a win of less than 66 points in windy conditions for a two-shot victory over South Africans Zander Lombard (73) and Jean-Paul Strydom (74). Follett-Smith finished at age 13 and under 275 at the Royal Cape Golf Club.