Phil Mick­el­son on brink of 5th Peb­ble Beach vic­tory

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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.

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