Mickelson holds off Casey to win Pebble Beach Pro

Phil Mickelson closes in on fifth AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am win

Mickelson had to come back Monday morning to finish off his three-shot victory over Paul Casey, which marked his record-tying fifth tournament title and win No. 44 of his illustrious career.

Mickelson had a three-shot lead over Paul Casey with two holes to play when it was too dark too finish Sunday night because of delays from rain and a hail storm.

"It's been a great day so far (but) it's not over, we've got to finish it off", Mickelson said.

"I just think that both myself and Tiger are going to have a really, really good year this year", Mickelson said.

Beginning the day three strokes off the pace, Mickelson matched Casey's birdie at the par-five second and holed a 10-footer at the fourth to cut the lead to two.

He wasn't the only man who left Pebble Beach with a smile. "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".

US PGA Tour officials suspended play for two hours when heavy rain, wind and even hail lashed California's Monterey Peninsula, with the postponement all but guaranteeing the final round will have to be completed on Monday.

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With the light failing on Sunday, Casey opted against trying to get the tournament finished.

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.

"Every time I get here I have such feelings of gratitude that all that this place has done for my family, starting with my grandfather", he said.

Even as Mickelson strongly hinted at wanting to finish - at point suggesting they play the 17th and he could scoot ahead to get a ball in play on the 18th so at least he could finish - Casey stood his ground.

There was never a reasonable chance to finish in his pro-am format, with mostly foursomes across the golf course. Teryn Schaefer presents the best social media posts from around the world of golf in "Good, Bad & Unusual" and after each day's play brings you the biggest talking points in "The Takeaway". In fact, he's finished second six times. Scott Stallings moved up 80 spots to No. 150 after finishing alone in third, while T-4 results pushed Jason Day from 12th to 11th and Si Woo Kim from 70th to 62nd.

Asked in a greenside interview what the performance did for his confidence, Mickelson said: "Absolutely nothing, because it's nothing like the course we'll see".

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