Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Phil Mickelson closes out win on Monday | Golf

Phil Mickelson did not take lengthy to seal the deal Monday.

Mickelson returned to Pebble Seashore Golf Hyperlinks vivid and early to shut out his record-tying fifth A&T Pebble Seashore Professional-Am victory, holding off Paul Casey within the weather-delayed end to the PGA Tour occasion.

Clearly, it was well worth the look forward to Mickelson, who scored the 44th victory of his illustrious profession.

“It has been a really particular week for me and this can be a very particular place to me,” Mickelson mentioned afterward.

Holding a three-shot lead with two holes to play, he started play Monday by calmly knocking his tee shot on the par-3 17th to inside 10 ft. 

Casey matched him however missed an 8-footer for birdie, all however assuring Mickelson of the victory on the identical course that may host the U.S. Open in 4 months when he’ll as soon as once more will look to win the ultimate piece of a profession Grand Slam.

Mickelson closed out the victory in fashion, with a birdie on the long-lasting par-5 18th gap, closing out a 7-under 65 to complete at 19 underneath for the event. 

Scarcely greater than a month into 2019, Mickelson, 48, already has matched his victory whole from 2018 — and his lone win final yr, the WGC Mexico Championship, was his first since 2013.

Mickelson sat at 18 underneath, with two holes to play when darkness compelled the Monday end underneath blue skies, a distinction to Sunday when a hail storm compelled a two-hour mid-round delay after the day’s play was an hour late getting began due to the chilly.

He had surged into the lead Sunday, taking part in brilliantly via 16 holes and overtaking Casey. Mickelson carded a flawless six birdies and no bogeys as he pushed to try to end the event on Sunday.

With darkness shortly falling on Pebble Seashore, Mickelson insisted, “I can see fantastic,” though the gamers would’ve wanted to play two holes in six minutes to beat the time at which play would’ve been suspended.

However Casey opted to mark his ball on the 16th inexperienced, realizing his 3-foot par putt could be on recent greens Monday — and nonetheless give him the slimmest of hopes towards Mickelson. He brushed within the putt very first thing Monday to ship the occasion to its closing two holes.

Mickelson had no issues with Casey’s determination. “I completely get the place he’s coming from,” he advised reporters Sunday.

The sensation was mutual, Casey mentioned: “The man on the recent streak desires to maintain going. The man who’s not, let’s cease.”

After closing out the victory, Mickelson famous Casey’s determination from yesterday.

“I thanked Paul this morning for letting us end as we speak,” Mickelson mentioned Monday of the delayed end. “Generally I get in my little bubble and do not see the large image.”

Casey additionally closed Monday’s play with a birdie putt at 18 to complete alone in second at 16 underneath. 

Scott Stallings, who posted at 15 underneath to take the clubhouse lead Sunday, was alone in third. Jason Day and Si Woo Kim tied for fourth place (13 underneath), rounding out the highest 5.

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