Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Day inspired by top-five at Pebble Beach

Day inspired by top-five at Pebble Beach

Even a dawn wakeup call didn't bother Phil Mickelson as he birdied the final hole Monday to claim the title at AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Mickelson had wanted to finish in the dark on Sunday and was left frustrated when Casey refused to play on - but a day later he understood the Englishman's stand.

In fact both players finished par-par enabling Mickelson to not only level Mark O'Meara's handful of AT&T wins but join Tiger Woods on 14 victories celebrated in California country. He also became the oldest-ever PGA victor at the famed California coastal layout.

Those two will still be rivals when they reach the seniors circuit and I think there's an element of "I'll show you I can still do it" about Mickelson's own recent good form. "I need to do something special". "Every time I get here I have such feelings of gratitude for all this place has done for my family, starting with my grandfather".

@PhilMickelson is a 44-time victor on the PGA TOUR.

It also would be his first victory on American soil since the Phoenix Open six years ago.

The popular lefthander has been a US Open regular since Irwin's victory nearly 29 years ago and he's finished second an incredible six times in the event.

And while he enjoyed the victory, Mickelson didn't consider it meaningful in any way for the US Open.

Hail covered the second green at Pebble Beach for a time Sunday

Asked in a greenside interview what the performance did for his confidence, Mickelson said: "Absolutely nothing, because it's nothing like the course we'll see". They were waiting to tee off when sunshine gave way to a hail storm that pounded the golf course as players ducked under umbrellas. As darkness descended on the course, Mickelson had just tapped in on the 16th green with Casey still to putt.

Casey, meanwhile, struggled to get anything going. Casey had great par saves, and then Mickelson took off.

"I thanked Paul this morning for letting us finish today", he said of the delayed finish.

"I get exactly where Paul is coming from", Mickelson said.

Phil Mickelson tips his hat on the 18th green after winning the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Mickelson briefly went three ahead after converting from eight feet at the 13th, before picking up a sixth birdie of the day at the par-five next to match Casey's 15-footer from the fringe.

The four-time Pebble Beach victor nearly holed out from the ninth fairway to leave a tap-in birdie and complete a front-nine 33, before rolling in from 12 feet at the next to move into a share of the lead.

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