Phil Mickelson won his 44th PGA Tour title and fifth Pebble Beach Pro-Am
Phil Mickelson Wins Pebble Beach Pro-Am
Phil Mickelson won his 44th PGA Tour title at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, his fifth triumph in that tournament.
The five-time Major winner shot a bogey-free closing 65 (-7) to win by three.
Mickelson was six-under for the day at close of play on Sunday with just two holes left to play. The American made his push from the ninth where he fired a superb shot in to within just a foot of the cup.
He made three birdies in a five-hole stretch, during which Casey suffered two bogeys. As the final group stood on the 16th green in gathering darkness, Phil was 18-under-par and Casey had a three-foot par putt to stay at 15-under.
The pair came back on Monday morning and Casey parred 16 before both men parred the 17th to keep the gap at three strokes.
They then both birdied the 18th for Mickelson to win and Casey to finish second alone.
Play had been delayed by an hour at the start of Sunday’s final round because of rain and the players were called off again when hail covered the greens in a layer of white.
Mickelson matches Mark O’Meara with five victories at a tournament he first played in 1995. It is also his first win on the PGA Tour in the USA for the first time since the 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open.
It is the fifth time Paul Casey has lost a 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour. He maintained his advantage over the left-hander in the early exchanges but, around and after the turn, the veteran Mickelson put his foot to the floor.
Phil played some superb golf over the early part of the back nine to move clear in front. Although he wanted to finish on Sunday, he could understand why Casey didn’t.
“I get where Paul is coming from,” Mickelson said. “We’re going to have a good chance to come out on fresh greens. I have good vision, I can see fine and I wanted to continue. In all honesty, it’s a good thing to play the last two holes in fresh conditions.”
Scott Stallings carded a closing 66 to finish on 15-under-par, tied for second place with Paul Casey.
Jason Day and Si Woo Kim were tied fourth on 13-under.
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AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
Pebble Beach Golf Links, Monterey, California
Purse: $7,600,000 Par: 72
1 Phil Mickelson (USA) -19
2 Paul Casey (Eng) -16
3 Scott Stallings (USA) -16
T4 Jason Day (Aus) -13
T4 Si Woo Kim (Kor) -13
6 Scott Langley (USA) -12
T7 Kevin Streelman (USA) -11
T7 Brian Gay (USA) -11
T7 Lucas Glover (USA) -11
Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage