Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
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After solo second, Casey hopes to achieve goal at Genesis Open

After solo second, Casey hopes to achieve goal at Genesis Open

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.

A rain delay and bad light forced Mickelson and Casey to return on Monday and the 48-year-old retained his three-shot lead to seal glory at the site of this year's U.S. Open - the only major he is yet to win and has finished as runner-up in six times.

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.

That was start of a five-hole stretch when Mickelson made three birdies and Paul Casey had two bogeys, taking Lefty from two behind to three ahead.

"So at the end of a year ago, even though I played poorly, I had something happen where it seemed like overnight - it had really been in the works - where my driver speed shot up 5, 6 miles an hour, which rarely ever happens to anybody, let alone somebody in their late 40s", he said.

The American is on 18 under with two holes left to play, with playing partner Paul Casey on 15 under.


Currently, Woods leads the PGA Tour with a 68.42 scoring average in the third round, and average that ranges from 46th to 133rd in the other three rounds. He preferred to suspend play with his ball on the 16th green, resuming the tournament on Monday when the greens, which took a beating from rain Saturday night and an impressive hailstorm Sunday, would be fresh.

Mickelson was standing on the 17th tee when he heard the horn sound to stop play, and he shook his head.

Here is a look at the 14 PGA Tour golf wins by Mickelson in California in photos. "I need to do something special". "Every time I get here I have such feelings of gratitude for all this place has done for my family, starting with my grandfather".

That also led him to enter this week's Genesis Open, which he had not planned to play, prior to defending a title at the WGC-Mexico Championship next week.

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.

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". I have such great memories here and I would love nothing more than to add to it, five months from now. I'm hitting drivers and trying to bomb it down there and hit wedges in, and the rough will be so different and the greens will be so firm it will be a whole different golf course.

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