Phil Mickelson on brink of fifth Pebble Beach victory

Pebble Beach Pro Am hit by hail storm during final round

The start of play was delayed by an hour because of rain and was halted for another two hours due to a hail storm, leaving the final group unable to finish their round before darkness fell in California.

Mickelson, seen shaking his head when the horn sounded Sunday night, said he thanked Casey on Monday morning for holding his ground because it was fair to both of them.

"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.

This was Mickelson's fifth AT&T title so it's fair to say he was a tournament specialist before this week but he was still generally a [36.0] chance and he even hit a high of [50.0] before the off. Casey, who traded at a similar price to Lefty pre-event, hit a high of [80.0] and a low of [1.5] in-play.

As highlighted in the In-Play Blog, the Englishman's record when leading on the PGA Tour is woeful and he's one to take on.

Those two will still be rivals when they reach the seniors circuit and I think there's an element of "I'll show you I can still do it" about Mickelson's own recent good form.

Mickelson hit 7-iron to 8 feet on the par-3 17th and played it safe down the par-5 18th, making a 6-foot birdie for a three-shot victory.

"For the week, I've only made eight [actually seven] birdies, and that's not going to get it done", Woods said.

Matt Jones was a further three shots back with his even-par 72 leaving him tied 53rd, while fellow Sydney native Cameron Davis dropped six shots during a 78 that plummeted him to a three over.

This was a fantastic win for the 27-year-old, a protege of fellow Aberdonian and former Open champion Paul Lawrie.

"I've written down a goal of winning L.A. and I had an outside chance of winning this one - I had a very good chance of winning this one", Casey said.

Casey called Mickelson's effort "a phenomenal round of golf" but added: "It's not over yet".

As for that "longest event in PGA Tour history", it's a mark that seems destined to stand. Mickelson won at the course for the first time in 1998 and the tournament was suspended for six months because of a several days of poor weather on the Monterey Peninsula.

"Very simply it's nothing like the course we'll see". He birdied five of the first seven holes in a bogey-free round. 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.

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