Mickelson downplays U.S. Open prospects after Pebble Beach win

Mickelson downplays U.S. Open prospects after Pebble Beach win

Phil Mickelson captured his 50th career worldwide title on Monday, finishing off the last two holes of his darkness-halted final round to win the US PGA Pebble Beach Pro-Am tournament.

With a two-hour rain delay in Sunday's final round, Day was one of the last groups to finish before sunset and carded a four-under-par 68.

He trailed Paul Casey by three shots entering Sunday's play before Mother Nature poundered the course with an unprecedented hail storm and delayed play by more than two hours.

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

"But I have pretty good vision, I can see fine and I'm playing well so I wanted to continue, that's all there is to it".

It is Mickelson and Casey now battling to win the tournament, while Scott Stallings also has an outside chance.

Phil Mickelson was not happy at having to return on Tuesday to play the final two holes after bad light stopped play. Casey has a 3-foot par putt to stay three shots behind when they return at 8 a.m. Monday to play the par-3 17th and the par-5 18th.

Expanding on why he felt his performance at Pebble Beach boded well for Augusta, the three-time Masters victor said: "The two areas that you have to be at your best to play well at Augusta are you've got to hit the ball long and have a really good short game and those were two areas that were very helpful here". Stallings has finished on 15-under himself.

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Mickelson, 48, is searching for his fifth Pebble Beach Pro Am title.

"For the week, I've only made eight [actually seven] birdies, and that's not going to get it done", Woods said.

"I think that's going to lead to some good things".

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Matt Jones was a further three shots back with his even-par 72 leaving him tied 53rd, while fellow Sydney native Cameron Davis dropped six shots during a 78 that plummeted him to a three over.

"(It means) absolutely nothing because it's nothing like the course we'll see", Mickelson said. "It's a totally different golf course".

Five-time major champion Mickelson will try to complete a career Grand Slam at Pebble Beach in June at the US Open, an event where he has finished second a record six times, most recently in 2013.

Scott Stallings, the American who held the clubhouse lead at nightfall on Sunday on 15-under, was on hand in case he might be involved in a playoff, but settled for third.

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