Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Pebble Beach hit by hail storm during final round

Pebble Beach hit by hail storm during final round

Nobody has ever won a major championship at the age Mickelson is at now, but then again, not too many players have had the confidence to play two holes essentially blindfolded - as he wanted to do to finish this off Sunday night instead of Monday morning.

"I just need one more match with Tiger and I should get there", Mickelson joked.

This was the fourth time that Casey had a 54-hole lead of at least two shots on the PGA Tour and failed to win.

"It's been a very special week for me and this is a very special place to me".

Mickelson tied Mark O'Meara's record with his fifth victory in the AT&T Pebble Beach, the first one also a Monday finish in 1998 because of bad weather, with one big difference - that Monday finish was more than six months later in August.

Whether it was continuing to be a part of U.S. Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams, finding a new workout routine, changing coaches, discovering a healthier diet, befriending - and needling - tour players who are young enough to be his son, Mickelson did his best to stay young. "So I ended up thanking him this morning for making that tough call because I made it tougher for him and but he did the right thing in protecting both of us".

"And so it's gratifying to see the results and to finish it off the way I did". Officials chose to complete play Monday, a decision that CBS's Gary McCord said had Mickelson "fuming".

Mickelson was standing on the 17th tee when he heard the horn sound to stop play, and he shook his head.

This was Mickelson's fifth AT&T title so it's fair to say he was a tournament specialist before this week but he was still generally a [36.0] chance and he even hit a high of [50.0] before the off. Casey, who traded at a similar price to Lefty pre-event, hit a high of [80.0] and a low of [1.5] in-play.

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

"A phenomenal round of golf, " Casey said.

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

He will return to Pebble Beach in June for the US Open, where he made his pro debut in 1992.

And while the fairway lines already have been cut much tighter at Pebble, the conditions were so soft that balls plugged in the fairway when they landed and greens easily held shots even from the rough. He says he had as much fun winning at Pebble Beach as when he finished one shot behind in the Desert Classic three weeks ago.

His path to victory these days is never going to be mundane, even in a tournament where he went an entire round without missing a fairway - a 20-year first.

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