Mick­el­son’s Peb­ble vic­tory on hold

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Phil Mick­el­son put him­self on the brink of a fifth vic­tory in the AT&T Peb­ble Beach Pro-Am by turn­ing a 3-shot deficit into a 3-shot lead when a wild day of weather kept him from fin­ish­ing the event yes­ter­day.

Mick­el­son will have to re­turn at 8 a.m. to­day to play the last two holes.

Mick­el­son was bo­gey-free with six birdies, and he made his run start­ing with a 9-iron to a foot be­hind the cup at the par-4 ninth. That was start of a five-hole stretch when Mick­el­son made three birdies and Paul Casey had two bo­geys.

About the only thing that didn’t go Mick­el­son’s way was the tim­ing.

The fi­nal round started an hour late be­cause of rain, and then it was de­layed two more hours when sun­shine gave way to a hail storm in a mat­ter of min­utes, cov­er­ing the putting greens in a sheet of white.

Mick­el­son was at 18-un­der par through 16 holes. Casey had a 3-foot par putt on the same hole when Mick­el­son tried to lobby for them to fin­ish, even in the dark.

“I can see fine,” Mick­el­son told an of­fi­cial. “I don’t want to put Paul in a bad spot.”

Casey was at 15-un­der, tied with Scott Stallings , who closed with a 66. Along with an out­side chance at forc­ing a play­off, fin­ish­ing alone in se­cond in­stead of a tie is a dif­fer­ence of $152,000, along with world rank­ing points and FedEx Cup points . ...

Bern­hard Langer made him­self right at home in the Oa­sis Cham­pi­onship.

Play­ing 10 min­utes from his house in Boca Raton, Fla., Langer closed with a 7-un­der 65 at The Old Course at Bro­ken Sound for a 5-stroke vic­tory. The 61year-old Ger­man star birdied five of the first seven holes in a bo­gey-free round.

Langer fin­ished at 19-un­der 197 for his 39th vic­tory on the 50-and-over tour.

Marco Daw­son was se­cond af­ter a 69 . ...

Ce­line Boutier of France claimed a 2-stroke vic­tory in the LPGA’s Vic Open in Barwon Heads, Aus­tralia, while Scot­land’s David Law made ea­gle at the par-5 18th to win the men’s ti­tle by a stroke ahead of Aus­tralians Brad Kennedy and Wade Ormsby.

Hous­ton pre­vails

DeJon Jar­reau scored 14 of his 16 points in the se­cond half, Corey Davis Jr. also had 16 and No. 12 Hous­ton (23-1, 10-1 Amer­i­can) held off No. 25 Cincin­nati (20-4, 9-2), 6558, in Hous­ton . ...

Justin Ja­worski had 18 points, in­clud­ing two free throws with five sec­onds left, to lead five Lafayette play­ers in dou­ble fig­ures as the Leop­ards (7-16, 4-8 Pa­triot) held on to beat Holy Cross, 69-67, in Eas­ton, Pa. Je­hyve Floyd had 17 points and eight re­bounds for the Crusaders (13-12, 4-8) . ...

Kyvon Daven­port scored 26 points, Tyler Har­ris and Jeremiah Martin added 12 each and host Mem­phis (14-10, 6-5 Amer­i­can) held off a late push to de­feat UConn, 78-71.

Tyler Pol­ley led the Huskies (13-11, 4-7) with 20 . ...

KJ Jack­son scored 22 points as Mary­land-Bal­ti­more County nar­rowly beat Maine, 67-66, in Ban­gor . ...

Mi­randa Drum­mond made 6-of-9 3-point­ers and scored 24 points as the No. 15 Syra­cuse women blitzed vis­it­ing Bos­ton Col­lege, 96-69.

By­ron takes pole

Wil­liam By­ron put Hen­drick Mo­tor­sports in a fa­mil­iar po­si­tion: on the pole for the Day­tona 500. The 21-yearold By­ron and 25-year-old team­mate Alex Bow­man locked in the front row for The Great Amer­i­can Race dur­ing qual­i­fy­ing laps at Day­tona In­ter­na­tional Speed­way. They com­prise the youngest front row in Day­tona 500 his­tory.

Mean­while, NASCAR has ejected the car chiefs for Chase El­liott, Ty Dil­lon and Austin Dil­lon through the Day­tona 500 for re­peated in­spec­tion fail­ures be­fore qual­i­fy­ing for the race.

Chelsea crushed

Chelsea was handed its heav­i­est loss in 28 years when Manch­ester City routed Mau­r­izio Sarri’s side 6-0 in the Premier League. The meet­ing of the past two cham­pi­ons was a com­plete mis­match as Ser­gio Aguero scored a hat trick for the se­cond suc­ces­sive week­end . ...

Madi­son Chock and Evan Bates of the United States cap­tured the first ma­jor in­ter­na­tional ti­tle of their ca­reer, win­ning the ice danc­ing com­pe­ti­tion at the Four Con­ti­nents cham­pi­onships in Ana­heim, Calif.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

IN PO­SI­TION: Leader Phil Mick­el­son watches his tee shot at the fourth hole dur­ing yes­ter­day’s weath­erde­layed fi­nal round of the Peb­ble Beach Pro-Am.

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