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

A member of the ground staff clears hail form the first green

After retaining his three-shot lead over Paul Casey on the last two holes in a weather-delayed finale, Mickelson secured a $1.37m pay-out and a fifth victory at the California course.

Mickelson will have to return at 8 a.m. Monday to play the last two holes.

Mickelson shot a bogey-free 65 in the final round at Pebble Beach, erasing a three-shot deficit to beat Paul Casey by three shots. He also became the oldest-ever PGA victor at the famed California coastal layout.

"The bottom line is I have to do well between now and then but I so want to be there", said McDowell who is 246th in the world and not yet qualified for the Masters or the US PGA. "Every time I come here, I have special feelings". Along with five titles at Pebble Beach, he ties Woods and Billy Casper - all three native Californians - with his 14th career victory in the Golden State.

The victory, Mickelson's first since the WGC-Mexico Championship last March and first on US soil in six years, carries special significance for him. He finished at a tournament-record 19-under 197 for his 39th victory on the 50-and-over circuit and earned $255,000 to break Hale Irwin's tour career record with $27,196,504.

And while he enjoyed the victory, Mickelson didn't consider it meaningful in any way for the US Open. "It's a totally different golf course".

"It's been a treat this week", said Casey, who had entered this week with two weeks of rest after a tie for second at the Singapore Open on the Japan Tour.

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Joining Casey and Mickelson on the course Monday was Don Colleran, a FedEx executive who with Casey led the two-man Pro-Am competition by one stroke at 33-under-par.

Casey, meanwhile, struggled to get anything going.

"I can see fine", he said to a PGA Tour rules official as they walked up the 16th fairway.

"He really protected both of us". And in 1992 he made his first start as a professional at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

After his 9-iron into a foot at No. 9 to get within one shot, Mickelson holed a 12-foot birdie on the 10th with a drive that hugged the right side of the fairway and likely would have bounced into the ocean if not for conditions so soft from rain that balls plugged where they landed.

Casey also closed Monday's play with a birdie putt at 18 to finish alone in second at 16 under. But he said he understood Casey's perspective. "I worked on some things, warm-up routines - I've worked hard on the putting, and it's starting to pay dividends". He won that summer's British Open at Muirfield and last year's Mexico Championship. "We weren't going to get 18 done". "This was a big goal".

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