After the last round of AT & T's Pebble Beach Pro-Am was delayed by a hail storm, only darkness could prevent Phil Mickelson from adding a new chapter to the tournament's record book.
Mickelson started the final round with three shots behind Paul Casey, but he used a nine draw sequence at the back to double up the Englishman and create a three shot lead. At dusk, Mickelson and Casey had only two holes to play (Casey still has three feet for a normal draw, 16) and they will return to the course at 11:00 am ET. East, to complete the final round.
Mickelson had already won this event four times, including the last in 2012, and a win would tie him to Mark O 'Meara for the best of the tournament's history. Aged 48, Casey was led by two points in the first seven holes, but a combination of birdies from Mickelson and Casey Bogeys turned a two-shot deficit into a three-shot advantage in the space of An hour and a half. Mickelson has 6 under in the final round and 18 under the week, Casey at 15 under and tied with Scott Stallings, who completed a match under 66 before sunset.
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The players had to wait more than two hours before the leaders left because the Pebble Beach greens were covered with hail in addition to the already wet conditions. It will be the first arrival Monday for this event since 2009.
Mickelson lobbied to try to finish the round in the shadows, but Casey told Mark Russell, PGA Tour Rules Official in the 16th Green, that he thought it was too dark to continue.
"I see exactly where Paul is coming from, it's dark and we'll have a good chance to get out of the new greens and get them mowed." They were pretty tough this afternoon, so I understand very well, "he said. said Mickelson. "But I have a very good vision, I see well and I play well, so I wanted to continue, and that's all there is to it."
Casey was looking to improve his record by leading, but Sunday's round was pretty much the same for a veteran who had nearly nine years of wins on the PGA Tour before the Valspar Championship of the year. latest. Casey only managed to have one birdie on the leading nine while Mickelson equalized, then fell back with consecutive bogeys on numbers 12 and 13. The problem for Casey was the putter, since He missed four straight putts under 15 feet to open the nine back. .
Mickelson almost captured the Desert Classic in his 2019 debut, tied for second behind Adam Long. While he seemed to be stepping back with a missed cut at last week's Phoenix Open Waste Management Day, he quickly straightened the ship. A win on Monday would be his 14th in California, the 44th of his career and would give him another trophy on the course that will host the US Open in four short months while Mickelson looks to complete the final stage of the Grand Slam career. .