Mick­el­son ral­lies for Peb­ble lead

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - staff and wire re­ports

He turns three-shot deficit to Paul Casey into three-stroke pro-am lead be­fore dark­ness.

Phil Mick­el­son had ev­ery­thing go his way Sun­day in the Peb­ble Beach Pro-Am. He just couldn’t beat the dark­ness.

On a wild day of weather, sun­shine gave way to a hail storm and a de­lay that kept Mick­el­son from cap­ping a re­mark­able rally in which he turned a three-shot deficit against Paul Casey to a three­shot lead un­til it was too dark to fin­ish the last two holes.

Mick­el­son, on the brink of match­ing Mark O’Meara with a fifth vic­tory in the event, at least wanted to try.

“I can see fine,” he said to a PGA Tour rules of­fi­cial.

Casey sim­ply couldn’t see, and when he re­al­ized it was not pos­si­ble to fin­ish he opted to mark his ball on the 16th green.

Mick­el­son al­ready made his par on the 16th and was six un­der for the day, with no bo­geys, and 18 un­der for the tour­na­ment. Casey has a three-foot par putt to stay three shots be­hind when they return at 8 a.m. Mon­day to play the par-three 17th and the par-five 18th.

“We’ve got two tough holes left and I don’t want to jump the gun and get past that,” Mick­el­son said. “I know a lot can hap­pen in these two holes and they have hap­pened in the past, so I want to stay fo­cused and just come out to­mor­row and try to fin­ish it off. I wish we could do it tonight.”

Bern­hard Langer won the Oa­sis Cham­pi­onship with a seven-un­der 65 for a five-stroke win. He fin­ished at a tour­na­ment-record 19-un­der 197 for his 39th PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons win and broke Hale Ir­win’s tour record for earn­ings with $27,196,504 . ... Ce­line Boutier claimed a two-stroke vic­tory in the LPGA’s Vic Open in Aus­tralia while David Law made ea­gle on the par-five 18th to win the men’s ti­tle by a stroke.

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