Phil Mickelson wins at Pebble Beach: Is U.S. Open next?

Tanya Simon
February 13, 2019

Phil Mickelson captured his 50th career worldwide title on Monday, finishing off the last two holes of his darkness-halted final round to win the US PGA Pebble Beach Pro-Am tournament.

CBS will provide live coverage of the event via its website, with coverage starting at 11 a.m. ET and continuing until play is finished.

Law trailed overnight leader Wade Ormsby by five shots going into the back nine of the Vic Open in Australia and by three with just three holes left to play but piled on the pressure with a birdie-par-eagle finish.

Third-round leader Paul Casey, who mixed two bogeys with two birdies, was at 15 under with three holes remaining, tied with Scott Stallings who finished with a 66.

"It worked out really well for us both and he made that tough call".

Mickelson is on the verge of winning for the 44th time in his career, and matching Mark O'Meara with five victories at a tournament he first played in 1995. Casey and FedEx executive Don Colleran had a one-shot lead in the pro-am. I have such great memories here and I would love nothing more than to add to it, five months from now.

'Sometimes I get in my own bubble, ' Mickelson said.

Mickelson won on American soil for the first time since the Phoenix Open in 2013.

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

He believes power and the short game are the keys at the Masters and Pebble Beach confirmed not just that he's on track to contend at Augusta, but that there's hope for golf's 40-somethings, including Tiger Woods.

Mickelson and Casey were waiting to tee off when clouds moved in quickly moved in, and rain turned into hail that pounded umbrellas, many of them held sideways to account for the wind.

Expanding on why he felt his performance at Pebble Beach boded well for Augusta, the three-time Masters victor said: "The two areas that you have to be at your best to play well at Augusta are you've got to hit the ball long and have a really good short game and those were two areas that were very helpful here". "Very simply it's nothing like the course we'll see".

The course will be completely different in June, with the rough taller and the greens firmer and no amateurs to take the edge off the proceedings.

But the final day, and all week, was about the ageless Mickelson.

"I get where Paul is coming from", Mickelson said. We had a chance to come out today on fresh greens, better weather and being able to see a lot better. He closed with a 65 for a 10-under-par 278 total.

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