Phil Mickelson takes three-shot victory at Pebble Beach Pro

Phil Mickelson takes three-shot victory at Pebble Beach Pro

In the final round of the 2019 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Phil Mickelson won by three shots over Paul Casey after handling rough weather and a Monday finish.

It would be unbelievable for Phil to claim the career grand slam at Pebble with a second win there this season.

Overnight leader Casey had a three-shot advantage over Mickelson at the start of the day, but the five-time major victor made up the deficit with three birdies in the front nine and three more after the turn.

With light fading, Mickelson was keen to finish the round, saying: "I can see fine" but England's Casey opted not to putt on the 16th.

The start of play was delayed by an hour because of rain and was halted for another two hours due to a hail storm, leaving the final group unable to finish their round before darkness fell in California.

Law stroked the eagle putt home to draw level before Ormsby made a complete hash of the par three 17th. He drilled a 7-iron into eight feet on the par-3 17th and made par, and then played conservatively up the par-5 18th and finished with a 6ft birdie for a three-shot victory.

Even as Mickelson strongly hinted at wanting to finish - at point suggesting they play the 17th and he could scoot ahead to get a ball in play on the 18th so at least he could finish - Casey stood his ground.

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"I get exactly where Paul is coming from", Mickelson later said. "He really protected both of us".

Hail covered the second green at Pebble Beach for a time Sunday. He preferred to suspend play with his ball on the 16th green, resuming the tournament on Monday when the greens, which took a beating from rain Saturday night and an impressive hailstorm Sunday, would be fresh.

I've received stick for years for backing Mickelson repeatedly in tournaments he likes but it's paid off yet again and I've already backed him for this week's Genesis Open too. Competitors and their amateur partners teed it up on Pebble Beach, Monterey and Spyglass over the weekend as they attempted to earn Sunday tee times.

How it bodes for the rest of the year - particularly in June when the US Open returns to Pebble Beach - was of little concern to Mickelson. Adding to it this week, being able to have another memory, another experience here at Pebble Beach is very special to me.

"Every time I get here I have such feelings of gratitude that all that this place has done for my family, starting with my grandfather", he said. "And to have my pro career start here, to have this victory, means a lot". In 2018, Ted Potter, Jr. prevailed over Phil Mickelson, Jason Day and two-time Pebble Beach victor Dustin Johnson. The US Open remains the final piece missing for him to complete the career Grand Slam, though Lefty was quick to caution that this week had no bearing on this summer. Officials chose to complete play Monday, a decision that CBS's Gary McCord said had Mickelson "fuming".

There was never a reasonable chance to finish in his pro-am format, with mostly foursomes across the golf course. I would love nothing more than to add to it five months from now, but that's so far down the road.

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