Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Phil Mickelson finishes off a fifth win at Pebble Beach

Phil Mickelson finishes off a fifth win at Pebble Beach

Phil Mickelson acknowledges the crowd after making his putt to win on the 18th hole during the conclusion of the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

On Monday, he matched Mark O'Meara's record of five Pebble Beach Pro-Am victories, adding to his previous successes in 1998, 2005, 2007 and 2012.

Mickelson is now top of the leaderboard on 18-under with two holes left to play, while Casey is on 15-under with three holes left.

Mickelson and Casey were the only players who did not complete the event on Sunday night. They got pretty rough this afternoon so I totally get it."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". Casey could barely see the 3 feet of grass between his ball and the cup on the 16th hole and said there was no way to complete two holes in six minutes.

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

Mickelson was standing on the 17th tee when he heard the horn sound to stop play, and he shook his head. "We're going to have a good chance to come out on fresh greens".

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'I don't want to be too emotional because I don't want to rub him the wrong way.

The victory, Mickelson's first since the WGC-Mexico Championship last March and first on US soil in six years, carries special significance for him.

"I was coming here this week with a little trepidation", said McDowell, who does not get to join McIlroy or Seamus Power in Los Angeles for this week's Genesis Open and will be playing in opposite field Puerto Rico Open next week rather than the $2.25 million WGC Mexico Championship.

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. "I need to do something special". The U.S. Open, the one jewel of the Grand Slam that's eluded Mickelson in his career, is returning there in June.

For years, Mickelson, 48, has rebuffed talk of his age, choosing to focus on aspects that encouraged him going forward even through a four-year stretch without a victory. "Very simply it's nothing like the course we'll see".

This was a fantastic win for the 27-year-old, a protege of fellow Aberdonian and former Open champion Paul Lawrie.

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