Mick­el­son in driver’s seat at weather-de­layed tour­ney

He leads by three af­ter play is sus­pended

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Phil Mick­el­son was 6-un­der par through 16 holes and atop the leader­board by three strokes when play was sus­pended by dark­ness on Sun­day dur­ing the weather-de­layed fi­nal round of the AT&T Peb­ble Beach Pro-Am at famed Peb­ble Beach Golf Links in Peb­ble Beach, Calif.

Eng­land’s Paul Casey, the thir­dround leader, is at 15 un­der through 15 holes and was tied for sec­ond place with Amer­i­can Scott Stallings when the round was sus­pended.

Play was sus­pended twice for a to­tal of three hours and seven min­utes, first for one hour be­fore the round be­gan and then for just more than two hours and with three groups yet to tee off, be­cause of wet con­di­tions cre­ated by rain and a hail­storm ear­lier in the morn­ing that left the course un­playable.

Mick­el­son and Casey were the only play­ers who didn’t fin­ish af­ter Amer­i­cans Scott Piercy and Lu­cas Glover played the 18th hole in the pitch dark.

Mick­el­son is in the driver’s seat for his 44th PGA Tour win, and his first since last March at the 2018 WGC-Mex­ico Cham­pi­onship, a vic­tory that ended a win­less drought that dated back to 2013. He con­tended for the ti­tle two weeks ago at the Desert Clas­sic in LaQuinta, Calif., but fin­ished sec­ond.

Mick­el­son parred the 16th and lob­bied hard with tour of­fi­cials to fin­ish on Sun­day even though it was nearly dark. Casey marked his ball on the 16th hole and will have a putt for par when the round will be re­sumed to­day at 11 a.m. EST.

Mick­el­son has won this event four times, with the first in 1998 when the fi­nal round was post­poned and played later in the sea­son.

The last Mon­day fin­ish at the AT&T Peb­ble Beach Pro-Am came in 2009 when Dustin John­son was de­clared the win­ner in the weath­er­short­ened, 54-hole event.

Casey owned the 54-hole lead at 15-un­der, three clear of Mick­el­son and four up on Piercy and Glover.

Mick­el­son gained two shots on Casey with three birdies on the front nine but also missed three short birdie putts that could have granted him the lead or put even more pres­sure on the English­man.

The 48-year-old Mick­el­son moved into a tie atop the leader­board with Casey with a birdie on the 10th hole, and Casey suc­cumbed to the pres­sure, miss­ing the green on both the 11th and 12th holes and bo­gey­ing them to fall two shots off the pace.

Mick­el­son added a birdie on the 13th to boost his lead over Casey to three strokes with five holes to play. Both play­ers then birdied the par-5 14th to keep the mar­gin at three.

Mean­while, Stallings took the lead into the club­house at 15 un­der af­ter a stir­ring 66 on Sun­day that in­cluded one bo­gey and seven birdies, in­clud­ing one from 3 feet on the closing hole.

Si Woo Kim of South Korea, last year’s Play­ers Cham­pi­onship win­ner, and Aus­tralia’s Ja­son Day fin­ished at 13 un­der as each shot 68 in the fi­nal round and shared fourth place when the round was called.

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Phil Mick­el­son is 6-un­der par through 16 holes and leads the AT&T Peb­ble Beach Pro-Am by three shots. Play will re­sume to­day at 11 a.m.

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