Despite Phil Mickelson's efforts to complete the last round of the Pro-Am AT & T Pebble Beach in time, he reluctantly agreed to a conclusion on Monday morning after significant delays on Sunday.
It was worth the wait.
Mickelson started the day with a three-shot lead over Paul Casey and Scott Stallings with two holes to play and retained his fifth career title at Pebble Beach Pro-Am, equaling Mark O & # s all-time record. 39; Meara.
It's Mickelson's 44th career win, which put an end to a five-year drought with last year's win at the World Golf Championship – Mexico.
The 48-year-old shot ground less than 268 for the week and urged his playmate Casey to try and finish the round Sunday night in almost no-go conditions. Casey did not think that they would have enough time and an exciting discussion took place before the game was suspended, there were only two holes left for Mickelson and Casey. At that time, Scott Stallings was in the club and tied with Casey. -under.
Mickelson followed Casey three times in the final run and shot 7 under 65 to take control. Casey has 14 international wins and was only aiming for his third career title.
It was not the first time Mickelson had to wait at Pebble Beach. The 1998 Pro-Am was postponed six months later due to bad weather before Mickelson finally won his first career victory in August.
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Two decades later, Mickelson will not have much time to celebrate fifth place. He will be visiting the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles for this week's Genesis Open. He will have the right to boast to the tournament organizer Tiger Woods thanks to his individual victory in "The Match" last fall in Las Vegas.
Mickelson will return to Pebble Beach in six months in hopes of winning his final Grand Slam career with this elusive victory of the US Open. He said Monday morning that this victory means "absolutely nothing" for his chances at the US Open in June.
The rough will then be much thicker and Mickelson's strategy, which he used at Pro-Am, will not work once the USGA gets his hands on the course.
What that means is that Mickelson continues to be a serious competitor at the twilight of his career and now has a win and a runner-up in three starts this season. And a goal of 50 all-time wins is at hand as Mickelson continues to set records and challenge odds.