Mick­el­son on brink of Peb­ble Beach win

Rain, hail put three-stroke lead on hold

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - SPORTS - The As­so­ci­ated Press

PEB­BLE BEACH, Calif. — Phil Mick­el­son put him­self on the brink of a fifth vic­tory in the AT&T Peb­ble Beach Pro-am by turn­ing a three­shot deficit into a three-shot 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 in which 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, cov­er­ing the 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 Mon­day morn­ing 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.

Cham­pi­ons:

At Boca Ra­ton, Fla., Bern­hard Langer closed with a 7-un­der 65 in windy con­di­tions for a tour­na­ment-record 19-un­der 197 to­tal and a five-stroke vic­tory in the Oa­sis Cham­pi­onship, the 61-yearold Ger­man’s 39th win on the 1. Phil Mick­el­son 2. Scott Stallings 2. Paul Casey 4. Ja­son Day

4. Si Woo Kim 6. Scott Lan­g­ley 7. Kevin Streel­man 7. Brian Gay 7. Lu­cas Glover

More scores, 50-and-older cir­cuit. Langer broke Hale Ir­win’s ca­reer earn­ings to­tal on the tour and is within six of Ir­win’s tour vic­tory record.

At Bar­won Heads, Aus­tralia, Ce­line Boutier of France won the ISPS Handa Vic Open for her first tour ti­tle, shoot­ing an even-par 72 for an 8-un­der 281 to­tal and a two-stroke vic­tory. Aus­tralians Sarah Kemp (65) and Su Oh (74) and Eng­land’s Char­lotte Thomas (69) tied for sec­ond.

LPGA:

Eric Risberg The As­so­ci­ated Press

Phil Mick­el­son fol­lows through on a drive from the fourth tee at Peb­bleBeach Golf Links in the fi­nal round of the AT&T Peb­ble Beach Pro-am on Sun­day.

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