Sport

Fifth Pebble Beach victory makes Mickelson's day

Fifth Pebble Beach victory makes Mickelson's day

Play was suspended for several hours and despite Phil Mickelson's best efforts of persuasion, 54-hole leader, Paul Casey, had - had enough and play was called for the day as darkness fell, with the final pair having just a couple of holes to play.

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.

Mickelson will return to play the last two holes Monday holding a three-shot lead over playing partner Paul Casey.

Phil Mickelson has downplayed suggestions that his win at Pebble Beach on Monday will have any bearing on his chances of completing the career grand slam when the U.S. Open is contested at the same venue in June.

Woods is the only player to have broken through the $100m barrier on the PGA Tour, the 14-time major victor totalling $115,584,657 across his illustrious career. Casey and FedEx executive Don Colleran had a one-shot lead in the pro-am. "No matter how good your drive is, you've still got to roll them and still got to make putts, and I didn't putt very well today".

It was a decision Mickelson clearly disagreed with, visibly shaking his head when the horn blew to officially halt play.

Mickelson had not won on U.S. soil since the 2013 Phoenix Open.

That also led him to enter this week's Genesis Open, which he had not planned to play, prior to defending a title at the WGC-Mexico Championship next week.




Sam Saunders, whose grandfather Arnold Palmer was among the Pebble Beach owners, scooped up hail and tossed it like a snowball.

After playing the 17th and 18th on Monday, Mickelson admitted Casey was right.

"A phenomenal round of golf, " Casey said.

The Portrush man turns 39 in July and while he lost his PGA Tour card previous year and must rely in invitations to fill out his schedule, he wants desperately to be at Royal Portrush for The Open.

"It's nothing like the course we'll see", Mickelson said. I'm hitting drivers and trying to bomb it down there and hit wedges in, and the rough will be so different and the greens will be so firm it will be a whole different golf course.

But the final day, and all week, was about the ageless Mickelson. Sometimes I just get in my own little bubble and I don't see the big picture and I just wanted to finish. A terrible 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.

Jason Day closed with a 68 and was tied for fourth at 13-under 175 with Si Woo Kim (68).