Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Mickelson on brink of 5th Pebble Beach victory

Mickelson on brink of 5th Pebble Beach victory

"I got an up-front close look at Phil shooting a great round of golf and winning this golf event". Pebble had one round in 1962 postponed because of snow.

A Monday finish brought on by rain and a freak hailstorm was only a minor inconvenience for the 48-year-old Mickelson.

Five-time major champion Mickelson will try to complete a career Grand Slam at Pebble Beach in June at the US Open, an event where he has finished second a record six times, most recently in 2013.

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"The bottom line is I have to do well between now and then but I so want to be there", said McDowell who is 246th in the world and not yet qualified for the Masters or the US PGA. All four players return to Pebble along with numerous game's best, including Jordan Spieth, Tony Finau and Jason Day.

About the only thing that didn't go Mickelson's way was the timing. "I can see fine".

There was plenty of sunlight for the Monday morning finish, just no drama.

Mickelson held a three-shot cushion with two holes remaining and was six under for his round when play was suspended at 5.55pm PT (1.55am GMT), much to the American's disappointment, with overnight leader Paul Casey in a share of second alongside clubhouse leader Scott Stallings.

With a two-hour rain delay in Sunday's final round, Day was one of the last groups to finish before sunset and carded a four-under-par 68. The greens were beat up.

But Casey told that he "genuinely" couldn't see.

Mickelson was standing on the 17th tee when he heard the horn sound to stop play, and he shook his head.

The final pairing will return at 8am on Monday, with Casey facing a short par putt at the 16th to stay at 15 under.

"Paul made the tough call, but it was the right decision in that he protected himself and myself for the competition, " Mickelson said.

"I was coming here this week with a little trepidation", said McDowell, who does not get to join McIlroy or Seamus Power in Los Angeles for this week's Genesis Open and will be playing in opposite field Puerto Rico Open next week rather than the $2.25 million WGC Mexico Championship.

Mickelson finished at 19-under 268.

Casey simply couldn't see, and we realized it was not possible to finish all 18 holes - "We can't finish two holes in six minutes", he said to the official - he opted to mark his ball on the 16th green.

He also won the Pro-Am with Don Colleran, the chief sales officer for FedEx. And it is where he will turn 49 on the final day of the 2019 U.S. Open.

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