Fifth Pebble Beach victory makes Mickelson's day

Heather Diaz
February 13, 2019

Casey missed an eight foot birdie chance on the penultimate hole while his long eagle attempt at the par-5 18 ran six feet past and after watching Casey make his closing birdie to secure outright second, Mickelson made no mistake from a similar distance to close out a -7 65 to complete a three-shot victory.

Phil Mickelson reflects on a record-equalling fifth AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and praises Paul Casey's decision to take the tournament to a fifth day.

Before he won, he marked his 500th PGA Tour cut made on Friday.

I'm really pleased for Mickelson, though. I was very appreciative of that. "Every time I get here I have such feelings of gratitude for all this place has done for my family, starting with my grandfather".

The PGA Tour is making another stop at Pebble Beach this season for the U.S. Open, and that is the only major championship Mickelson hasn't won.

And while he enjoyed the victory, Mickelson didn't consider it meaningful in any way for the US Open.

"That's probably a good omen", Mickelson said. "It's a totally different golf course".

American Scott Stallings was in the clubhouse on 15-under after a six-under par 66 with Jason Day of Australian and South Korean Kim Si-woo tied for fourth on 13-under.

Casey took a three-shot lead into the final round but ends the week three strokes back after a one-under 71, with the two-time PGA Tour victor finding plenty of positives heading into this week's Genesis Open.

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Red-hot Mickelson and Casey had opposing views on whether to continue as darkness fell, Mickelson putting out for a par at the 16th and saying he was ready to head to 17 as Casey opted to call it a day with a three-foot putt for par in front of him.

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

"I get exactly where Paul is coming from", Mickelson later said.

"I really don't think there's any carry-over from here to the U.S. Open".

The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am returns to the world famous Pebble Beach Golf Links on the Monterey Peninsula in California.

On Monday morning, he had a change of heart and said he thanked Casey for standing his ground.

At 18, Mickelson put the ball in the fairway twice, and dropped his approach six feet from the cup to set up his final birdie putt. As darkness descended on the course, Mickelson had just tapped in on the 16th green with Casey still to putt. I'm happy with the way I played. He won the British Open that summer in Scotland, and the Mexico Championship a year ago.

"When guys get in their 40s, two things decline, their putting and their swing speed", said the new world number 17, who is now swinging at close to 120 miles per hour.

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