Friday, 15 February, 2019

Fifth Pebble Beach victory makes Phil Mickelson's day

       Highlights from Phil Mickelson's final round at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am 1:56 Highlights from Phil Mickelson's final round at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
Kristopher Love | 13 February, 2019, 12:52

AS expected, Phil Mickelson created a tasty slice of US PGA Tour history at Pebble Beach today by securing a record-equalling fifth AT&T Pro-Am victory at the expense of England's Paul Casey.

CBS will provide live coverage of the event via its website, with coverage starting at 11 a.m. ET and continuing until play is finished.

Casey resumed with a three-foot par putt at the 16th hole on Monday, while Mickelson had already completed the hole.

Casey was at 15 under, tied with Scott Stallings, who closed with a 66.

This was his fifth win at Pebble Beach, a handsome golf course that he clearly knows very well and is also staging the US Open this year.

The popular lefthander has been a US Open regular since Irwin's victory nearly 29 years ago and he's finished second an incredible six times in the event.

He also won the Pro-Am with Don Colleran, the chief sales officer for FedEx. I would love nothing more than to add to it five months from now, but that's so far down the road.

'Sometimes I get in my own bubble, ' Mickelson said.

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

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

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

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

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".

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.

"That's probably a good omen", Mickelson said. "This golf course, it looks very gettable [but] it can expose you". And it is where he will turn 49 on the final day of the 2019 U.S. Open. A awful tee-shot was followed by a chip that failed to find the green and a third that wasn't much better and after a fast start, which had seen him birdie the first two holes and three of the first five, and following a run of 11 straight pars, the 38-year-old Aussie missed his bogey attempt and tapped in for a double-bogey five.

He gained ground with birdies at the par-five second and the fourth, then made back-to-back birdies at the ninth and 10th - two of the toughest holes on the course.