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Mickelson comes out on top at Pebble Beach

13 February 2019

After retaining his three-shot lead over Paul Casey on the last two holes in a weather-delayed finale, Mickelson secured a $1.37m pay-out and a fifth victory at the California course.

Although suspended play didn't last six months, as it did for Mickelson at Pebble in 1998, he had seemed frustrated at the decision to suspend play Sunday, with Casey arguing the other point.

Mickelson was keen to finish despite darkness approaching on Sunday, but Casey opted to mark his ball on the 16th green and the Englishman brushed in the three-foot par putt first thing on Monday to send the event to its final two holes.

Over at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am, a hailstorm halted play yesterday, just before the leaders were due to start their final round.

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

The American is on 18 under with two holes left to play, with playing partner Paul Casey on 15 under.

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". Mickelson was on the 17th tee, shaking his head when he heard the siren to stop play.

'I don't want to be too emotional because I don't want to rub him the wrong way. Casey said there was no way to finish and they had to return Monday morning.

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"It's dark and we're going to have a good chance tomorrow to come out on fresh greens". "I thanked Paul this morning for having us finish in the morning because I get sometimes in my own little bubble that I don't see the big picture", he told Golf Channel's Peter Kostis after the tournament.

He has won five majors - the Masters (2004, 2006, 2010), PGA Championship (2005) and British Open (2013).

Casey was pleased to join Colleran as a Pro-Am champion after a near miss past year.

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.

"I just really enjoy this place". "Very simply it's nothing like the course we'll see". "This golf course, it looks very gettable [but] it can expose you".

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

His first one also was a Monday finish, when players returned in August - more than six months later - to finish the third round of the weather-plagued tournament to make it official.

Mickelson comes out on top at Pebble Beach