“Old Bones” Mickelson Bags Another One!
If you thought that Phil Mickelson (48) was old, think again! For the world’s favourite “lefty” Mickelson, proved yet again that his demolition of Tiger Woods in the recent mana-o-mano duel was no fluke. He came back to Pebble Beach on day five of extended play to complete his 44th Tour victory and did so easily, finishing at 19-under par with a 65.
Winning for the fifth time at Pebble, he maintained the three-stroke lead he had taken over Paul Casey and Scott Stallings when play in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am was suspended because of darkness in the final round. Casey finished alone in second place, Stallings completed play Sunday. South Korea’s Si Woo Kim and Australia’s Jason Day were tied for 4th at 13-under par.
Although suspended play didn’t last six months, as it did for Mickelson at Pebble in 1998, that record is destined to stand as the “longest event in PGA history”. 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. Play was suspended on Feb. 2 and resumed and ended on Aug. 17. Mickelson trailed Tom Watson and Tim Herron by one shot when play resumed and won with a 5-under 67.