Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Phil Mickelson praises Paul Casey after sealing Pebble Beach win

Phil Mickelson praises Paul Casey after sealing Pebble Beach win

Casey's only hope was for Mickelson to make a mistake on the closing holes, and there was little chance of that. It's where his grandfather, Al Santos, was among the first caddies when the course opened in 1919, and Mickelson still uses as a marker the 1900 silver dollar his grandfather kept in his pocket to remind him he was not poor. 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.

For much of the final day, Ormsby's only serious danger had looked to be pre-event [130.0] shot, Brad Kennedy, and the veteran Sydneysider hit a low of [2.1] himself as the pair duelled it out on the back nine but it was all change late on when [1000.0] chance, David Law, rallied superbly after calling a penalty on himself on the ninth.

At least Phil Mickelson didn't break his own record for the longest event in PGA Tour history.

Casey birdied the 18th for a 71 to finish alone in second, and he won the pro-am portion of the tournament.

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

The final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am was delayed Sunday by the kind of weather that once gave this event its reputation, including a hail storm that covered the greens in white.

Mickelson said he could "see just fine" even after sunset, knowing darkness falls quickly on the Monterey Peninsula.

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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. In second is Scott Stallings, who sits at -15 and has finished his tournament.

"I believe that if I play my best, if Tiger plays his best, it's good enough to win on any week", Mickelson said.

Mickelson won at Pebble Beach for the fifth time, matching the record set by Mark O'Meara.

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. It is where he began his professional career at the 1992 U.S. Open.

After his 9-iron into a foot at No. 9 to get within one shot, Mickelson holed a 12-foot birdie on the 10th with a drive that hugged the right side of the fairway and likely would have bounced into the ocean if not for conditions so soft from rain that balls plugged where they landed. And while the fairway lines already have been brought in to be much narrower than usual, the rough was light.

"We've got two tough holes left and I don't want to jump the gun and get past that", Mickelson said. "I'll deal with that in six months".

For now, he was glowing over another victory that keeps him as relevant as ever.

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