Phil Mickelson finished off his weatherdelayed victory at Pebble Beach, winning by three shots.
Mickelson completes final round with 65, tops $90M in earnings
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Phil Mickelson is closing in on three decades on the PGA Tour and a halfcentury on Earth, and he still feels his best golf is good enough.
He was at his best at Pebble Beach, and no one had a chance.
A Monday finish brought on by rain and a freak hail storm was only a minor inconvenience for the 48yearold Mickelson. He played two holes just as well as the previous 16 and polished off his bogeyfree final round with one last birdie for a 7under 65 and a threeshot victory over Paul Casey in the AT&T Pebble Beach Proam.
Mickelson won at Pebble Beach for the fifth time, matching the record set by Mark O’meara. He has gone 28 years between his first PGA Tour victory and his 44th, and he joined Tiger Woods as the only players to surpass $90 million in career earnings.
“It’s a lot more work and effort to play at this level,” Mickelson said. “And I have believed for some time that if I play at my best, it will be good enough to win tournaments. The challenge is getting myself to play my best.”
He was at his best at Pebble Beach, where he made his pro debut at the U.S. Open in 1992, where he won the first of his five titles in another Monday finish in 1998, this one in August because of rain. It’s where his grandfather, Al Santos, was among the first caddies when the course opened in 1919, and Mickelson still uses as a marker the 1900 silver dollar his grandfather kept in his pocket to remind him he was not poor.
There was plenty of sunlight for the Monday morning finish, just no drama.
Mickelson, who started the final round three shots behind, never came close to a bogey and built a threeshot lead through 16 holes Sunday night when it was too dark to finish, no matter how hard he lobbied to keep going.
The final round Sunday had been delayed at the start by one hour because of rain, and then sunshine quickly gave way to hail that covered the greens in a sheet of white and led to a twohour delay.
Mickelson said he could “see just fine” even after sunset, knowing darkness falls quickly on the Monterey Peninsula. Casey could barely see the 3 feet of grass between his ball and the cup on the 16th hole and said there was no way to complete two holes in six minutes. Mickelson was on the 17th tee, shaking his head when he heard the siren to stop play.
On Monday morning, he had a change of heart and said he thanked Casey for standing his ground.
Mickelson finished at 19under 268. Casey needed Mickelson to make a big blunder on the two closing holes, and there was little chance of that. Casey at least birdied the 18th for a 71 to finish alone in second, the difference of $152,000.
Phil Mickelson hits from the 18th fairway during the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Proam. Mickelson finished off the final two holes to earn his 44th PGA Tour title.