Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Fifth Pebble Beach victory makes Mickelson's day

Fifth Pebble Beach victory makes Mickelson's day

Undoubtedly Mickelson will be the subject of considerable conjecture when the golf world returns to Pebble Beach in June for the 119th playing of the U.S. Open, the major that defines Lefty's bouts of futility more than anything.

"The rough will be so different and the greens so firm it will be a whole different golf course but I'll deal with that in six months".

Making it even more special is Pebble Beach, where he made his pro debut at the US Open in 1992, where he won the first of his five titles in another Monday finish in 1998, this one in August because of rain.

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.

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.

@PhilMickelson is a 44-time victor on the PGA TOUR.

Woods is the only player to have broken through the $100m barrier on the PGA Tour, the 14-time major victor totalling $115,584,657 across his illustrious career.

"I take a lot from this", Casey said.

It was a decision Mickelson clearly disagreed with, visibly shaking his head when the horn blew to officially halt play.

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. He won that summer's British Open at Muirfield and last year's Mexico Championship.

He was at his best at Pebble Beach, and no one had a chance.

Despite having led overnight, I don't think Casey blew it - the American's 65 would have seen off most people - and he can be happy with the good start that he has made to the year. "This golf course, it looks very gettable [but] it can expose you".

Woods posted consecutive rounds of 71 and he needed to post a low number to get near the top of the leaderboard heading into the final day, and while it didn't pan out for Woods, the improvement was impossible to ignore. Mickelson marked his ball all week with a silver coin given to him by his grandfather, Al Santos, one of the original caddies at Pebble Beach in 1919.

"It's dark and we're going to have a good chance tomorrow to come out on fresh greens. Sometimes I get in my little bubble and don't see the bigger picture".

After playing the 17th and 18th on Monday, Mickelson admitted Casey was right.

Jason Day closed with a 68 and was tied for fourth at 13-under 175 with Si Woo Kim (68).

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