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

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

Mickelson finished with a 7-under 65 to win the tourney, matching the tournament record with his fifth victory.

Mickelson had wanted to finish in the dark on Sunday and was left frustrated when Casey refused to play on - but a day later he understood the Englishman's stand.

Mickelson briefly went three ahead after converting from eight feet at the 13th, before picking up a sixth birdie of the day at the par-five next to match Casey's 15-footer from the fringe. Casey finished alone in second place; Stallings completed play Sunday.

Wade Ormsby, a pre-tournament [80.0] chance, hit a low of [1.18] during the fourth and final round of the ISPS Handa Vic Open on the European Tour yesterday but long odds-on players got their fingers well and truly burnt. "The greens will be firm, the rough will be high", said Mickelson after clinching his 44th PGA Tour title.

He also won the Pro-Am with Don Colleran, the chief sales officer for FedEx.

Lost in the late start - one hour delay from rain, a two-hour suspension from hail - was sheer brilliance from the 48-year-old Mickelson who didn't come remotely close to making a bogey and was on the brink of a fifth victory in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Mickelson argued that he could "see just fine" on Sunday evening, moments after sunset with two holes remaining.

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"There's still a glimmer", said Casey said of his chances, who was level par for his round when play was suspended. Officials chose to complete play Monday, a decision that CBS's Gary McCord said had Mickelson "fuming".

"I get where Paul is coming from", Mickelson said.

Casey has a four-foot putt to save par on the 16th green when play resumes at 8am (4pm GMT) on Monday, while Stallings holds the clubhouse lead on 15 under after a six-under 66.

How it bodes for the rest of the year - particularly in June when the US Open returns to Pebble Beach - was of little concern to Mickelson.

It also would be his first victory on American soil since the Phoenix Open six years ago. The US Open remains the final piece missing for him to complete the career grand lam, though Lefty was quick to caution that this week had no bearing on this summer.

The four-time Pebble Beach victor nearly holed out from the ninth fairway to leave a tap-in birdie and complete a front-nine 33, before rolling in from 12 feet at the next to move into a share of the lead. He finished par-birdie and shot 71. I would love nothing more than to add to it five months from now, but that's so far down the road.

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