Rain, hail delays final round at Pebble Beach

Heather Diaz
February 12, 2019

Phil Mickelson reacts to missing his birdie attempt at the seventh during the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

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.

With light fading, Mickelson was keen to finish the round, saying: "I can see fine" but England's Casey opted not to putt on the 16th.

Mickelson briefly went three ahead after converting from eight feet at the 13th, before picking up a sixth birdie of the day at the par-five next to match Casey's 15-footer from the fringe.

Casey finished with a birdie that was worth US$152,000 (NZ$225,000) because he wound up alone in second place.

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".

This event differs from many on the PGA Tour, as the Pro-Am features 156 pro golfers and 156 amateurs.

Casey's consolation prize was teaming with Don Colleran to win the pro-am competition.

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The PGA Tour is in the midst of one of its most scenic events of the year as the 2019 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am rolls along in California. There wasn't much he could do to stop Mickelson, who at age 48 looks just as tough as when he won his first PGA Tour event in 1991 when he was still at Arizona State. Casey said there was no way to finish and they had to return Monday morning.

Mickelson and Casey were the only players who did not complete the weather-delayed event on Sunday night. In second is Scott Stallings, who sits at -15 and has finished his tournament.

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. Officials chose to complete play Monday, a decision that CBS's Gary McCord said had Mickelson "fuming".

Mickelson won on American soil for the first time since the Phoenix Open in 2013.

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

That also led him to enter this week's Genesis Open, which he had not planned to play, prior to defending a title at the WGC-Mexico Championship next week. It is where he began his professional career at the 1992 U.S. Open.

Pebble Beach was so soft that balls were plugging in the fairway when they landed. "I'll deal with that in six months".

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