Mickelson leads at Pebble Beach as Monday finish awaits

Rex Christensen
February 12, 2019

Phil Mickelson won the Pebble Beach Pro-Am by three strokes on Monday, equalling Mark O'Meara's record of five victories in the northern California event.

CBS will provide live coverage of the event via its website, with coverage starting at 11 a.m. ET and continuing until play is finished.

PGA Tour tournament organisers resumed play on Sunday at 1pm (local time) as greenkeepers frantically cleared the hail and excess water from the greens and fairways using blowers and brooms.

Casey was at 15 under, tied with Scott Stallings, who closed with a 66.

He also won the Pro-Am with Don Colleran, the chief sales officer for FedEx.

He was at his best at Pebble Beach, and no one had a chance.

"It has been a treat this week", Casey said.

Hail covers the second green of the Pebble Beach Golf Links during the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Pebble Beach, California. Six runner-up finishes, some in the most heartbreaking fashion, dot his career, the tournament keeping him from a career Grand Slam. "Let's play 17 and see how it goes".

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Whether making "hail angels" on the ground or having snowball fights as Sam Saunders and Patrick Reed and their caddies did, it wasn't an entirely gloomy scene at the iconic course.

Casey has never won in three previous times he had a 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour, all of them by two shots or more, and he was holding his own against the relentless pursuit of Mickelson, who missed three straight birdie putts from the 12-foot range by the slimmest margins. They were waiting to tee off when sunshine gave way to a hail storm that pounded the golf course as players ducked under umbrellas. Casey had great par saves, and then Mickelson took off.

He just didn't want to stay another day.

"I get exactly where Paul is coming from", Mickelson later said. A awful tee-shot was followed by a chip that failed to find the green and a third that wasn't much better and after a fast start, which had seen him birdie the first two holes and three of the first five, and following a run of 11 straight pars, the 38-year-old Aussie missed his bogey attempt and tapped in for a double-bogey five.

'He's a good guy and I enjoy our friendship. All four players return to Pebble along with numerous game's best, including Jordan Spieth, Tony Finau and Jason Day.

Some players finished in the dark with no chance of winning, but showed the effect of playing without light.

Jason Day and Kim Si-woo are tied for fourth place at 13 under.

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