Phil Mickelson closes in on fifth AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am win

Jose Verdugo
Febrero 11, 2019

The 2019 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am couldn't be completed on Sunday due to a few bad days of weather and darkness, so it will continue on Monday with Phil Mickelson holding a 3-shot lead with a few holes to play.

Mickelson had to return to Pebble Beach on Monday to complete his 44th Tour victory and did so easily, finishing at 19-under par with a 65.

Mickelson won on American soil for the first time since the Phoenix Open in 2013. He trailed Paul Casey by three shots entering Sunday's play before Mother Nature poundered the course with an unprecedented hail storm and delayed play by more than two hours.

In 2018, Ted Potter, Jr. prevailed over Phil Mickelson, Jason Day and two-time Pebble Beach victor Dustin Johnson.

"I thanked Paul this morning for letting us finish today", Mickelson said Monday of the delayed finish. He won the British Open that summer in Scotland, and the Mexico Championship past year. Mickelson carded a flawless six birdies and no bogeys as he pushed to try and finish the tournament on Sunday.

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Some playing groups had fun with the inclement weather though.

Mickelson and Casey were waiting to tee off when clouds moved in quickly moved in, and rain turned into hail that pounded umbrellas, many of them held sideways to account for the wind. Before long, the greens were filled with tiny pellets, and workers went from using squeegees for excess water to power blowers to remove the hail. Patrick Reed's brother laid on his back and tried to make a snow angel.

After a rain-delayed start, Mickelson had produced a blemish-free round and holed six birdies to move to 18 under before play was called off. He preferred to suspend play with his ball on the 16th green, resuming the tournament on Monday when the greens, which took a beating from rain Saturday night and an impressive hailstorm Sunday, would be fresh. "But I totally get where he's coming from".

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.

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

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