The 2019 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am couldn't be completed on Sunday due to a few bad days of weather and darkness, so it will continue on Monday with Phil Mickelson holding a 3-shot lead with a few holes to play.
Instead, he had to return early Monday morning to complete his 44th PGA Tour victory, claiming a fifth AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am while also becoming the eighth-oldest victor in PGA Tour history.
Casey missed an eight foot birdie chance on the penultimate hole while his long eagle attempt at the par-5 18 ran six feet past and after watching Casey make his closing birdie to secure outright second, Mickelson made no mistake from a similar distance to close out a -7 65 to complete a three-shot victory. "I hit some good golf shots and didn't get anything out of it today", Casey said.
Mickelson, who could join Mark O'Meara as the only five-time winners of the tournament, is no stranger to the fickle February weather on the Monterey Peninsula. He preferred to suspend play with his ball on the 16th green, resuming the tournament on Monday when the greens, which took a beating from rain Saturday night and an impressive hailstorm Sunday, would be fresh. Mickelson was on the 17th tee, shaking his head when he heard the siren to stop play. "I was very appreciative of that, and I told him that". Casey said there was no way to finish and they had to return Monday morning. "Sometimes I get in my little bubble and don't see the bigger picture". This morning we came out and the greens were much better.
Mickelson had not won on United States soil since the 2013 Phoenix Open. Two players have won the Pro-Am and the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in the same year: Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.
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As Jim Nantz stated in a post I wrote earlier this year, Pebble Beach seems like the ideal place for Lefty to finally get that U.S. Open win. Mickelson marked his ball all week with a silver coin given to him by his grandfather, Al Santos, one of the original caddies at Pebble Beach in 1919.
"I've written down a goal of winning L.A (the Genesis Open) and I had a very good chance of winning this one".
For years, Mickelson, 48, has rebuffed talk of his age, choosing to focus on aspects that encouraged him going forward even through a four-year stretch without a victory.
"The rough will be so different and the greens so firm it will be a whole different golf course but I'll deal with that in six months".
With light fading, Mickelson was keen to finish the round, saying: "I can see fine" but England's Casey opted not to putt on the 16th.