Phil Mickelson on brink of 5th Pebble Beach victory
PEBBLE BEACH >> Phil Mickelson put himself on the brink of a fifth victory in the AT&T Pebble Beach pro-am by turning a three-shot deficit into a threeshot lead when a wild day of weather kept him from finishing Sunday.
Mickelson was bogey-free 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.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS >> 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 five-stroke victory. He finished at a tournament-record 19-under 197 for his 39th victory on the 50-and-over circuit and earned $255,000 to break Hale Irwin’s tour career record with
LPGA TOUR >> Celine Boutier of France won the ISPS Handa Vic Open for her first LPGA Tour title, shooting an even-par 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.
Australians Sarah Kemp (65) and Su Oh (74) and England’s Charlotte Thomas (69) tied for second. Third-round leader Kim Kaufman had a 78 to tie for eighth at 4 under.
The tournament was played alongside a men’s event. EUROPEAN TOUR AND PGA TOUR OF AUSTRALASIA >> Scotland’s David Law overcame a threestroke deficit on the final three holes to win the ISPS Handa Vic Open for his first European Tour title.
Law birdied the par-4 16th and made an 8-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th for a 6-under
66 and a one-stroke victory over Australians Wade Ormsby (70) and Brad Kennedy (67). Ormsby had a double bogey on the par-3
WEB.COM TOUR >> Michael Gligic of Canada closed with a 5-under 65 for a one-shot victory in the Panama Championship, his first victory in nearly seven years.
Gligic was one shot behind when he opened the back nine, and then took the lead for good over Zhang Xinjun with a birdie on the par-4 14th hole. Both made bogey on the 15th, and Gligic extended his lead with another birdie on the 16th.
Zhang birdied the last hole for a 66 to finish one shot behind.