Phil Mickelson finishes off a fifth win at Pebble Beach

Phil Mickelson finishes off a fifth win at Pebble Beach

Phil Mickelson closed out victory at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am for a record-equalling fifth time, holding off Paul Casey in a weather-delayed finish.

The steam coming off his head in the Sunday night gloaming at Pebble Beach was undoubtedly due to the frigid air that permeated the tournament, although few would be surprised if Phil Mickelson really was seething over the idea that he wouldn't be allowed to finish despite two holes to play in enveloping darkness.

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.

Whether it was continuing to be a part of U.S. Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams, finding a new workout routine, changing coaches, discovering a healthier diet, befriending - and needling - tour players who are young enough to be his son, Mickelson did his best to stay young.

"This was the first event for me as a pro". Casey and FedEx executive Don Colleran had a one-shot lead in the pro-am.

Although suspended play didn't last six months, as it did for Mickelson at Pebble in 1998, he had seemed frustrated at the decision to suspend play Sunday, with Casey arguing the other point.

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"And so it's gratifying to see the results and to finish it off the way I did".

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.

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".

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

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. "Sometimes I get in my little bubble and don't see the big picture". He won the British Open that summer in Scotland, and the Mexico Championship past year. It is where he began his professional career at the 1992 U.S. Open.

And while the fairway lines already have been cut much tighter at Pebble, the conditions were so soft that balls plugged in the fairway when they landed and greens easily held shots even from the rough.

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