Mick­el­son on brink of 5th Peb­ble win

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS -

PEB­BLE BEACH >> Phil Mick­el­son put him­self on the brink of a fifth vic­tory in the AT&T Peb­ble Beach proam by turn­ing a three-shot deficit into a three-shot lead when a wild day of weather kept him from fin­ish­ing Sun­day.

Mick­el­son was bo­geyfree with six birdies, and he made his big run start­ing with a 9-iron to a foot be­hind the cup on 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.

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

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. Casey and FedEx ex­ec­u­tive Don Colleran had a one-shot lead in the pro-am.

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

The rest of his day was far bet­ter than the weather.

PGA TOUR CHAM­PI­ONS

BOCA RATON, FLA. >> Bern­hard Langer made him­self at home in the Oa­sis Cham­pi­onship.

Play­ing 10 min­utes from his house, the 61-year-old Ger­man star closed with a 7-un­der 65 in windy con­di­tion at The Old Course at Bro­ken Sound for a five­stroke vic­tory. He fin­ished at a tour­na­ment-record 19-un­der 197 for his 39th vic­tory on the 50-an­dover cir­cuit and earned $255,000 to break Hale Ir­win’s tour ca­reer record with $27,196,504.

LPGA TOUR

BARWON HEADS, AUS­TRALIA >> Ce­line Boutier of France won the ISPS Handa Vic Open for her first LPGA Tour ti­tle, shoot­ing an even­par 72 for a two-stroke vic­tory at 13th Beach Golf Links.

Boutier fin­ished at 8-un­der 281 to be­come the fourth French win­ner in LPGA Tour his­tory. The 25-year-old for­mer Duke player also won the Ladies Euro­pean Tour’s 2017 Sanya Ladies Open and 2018 Aus­tralian Ladies Clas­sic Bonville.

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