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Mickelson leads by three as Pebble Beach heads to Monday finish

Mickelson leads by three as Pebble Beach heads to Monday 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.

The final round Sunday had been delayed at the start by one hour because of rain, and then sunshine quickly gave way to hail that covered the greens in a sheet of white and led to a two-hour delay.

Mickelson is now top of the leaderboard on 18-under with two holes left to play, while Casey is on 15-under with three holes left.

"I thanked Paul this morning for having us finish in the morning because I get sometimes in my own little bubble that I don't see the big picture", he told Golf Channel's Peter Kostis after the tournament. "I have pretty good vision, I'm playing well and I wanted to continue".

Casey resumed with a three-foot par putt at the 16th hole on Monday, while Mickelson had already completed the hole.

The unfortunate part of the storm that passed through is that it forced a second delay in the final round (at 10:30 a.m. local time) as PGA Tour officials took all the players on the course. Casey has a 3-foot par putt to stay three shots behind when they return at 8 a.m. Monday to play the par-3 17th and the par-5 18th.




Phil Mickelson sits at 18 under and leads by three shots from final group playing partner Paul Casey and Scott Stallings (66).

"Every time I get here I have such feelings of gratitude that all that this place has done for my family, starting with my grandfather", he said.

He started the day three shots off Casey's lead but roared to the top of the leaderboard with six birdies that put him 18-under for the tournament with two holes remaining.

In fact both players finished par-par enabling Mickelson to not only level Mark O'Meara's handful of AT&T wins but join Tiger Woods on 14 victories celebrated in California country. Casey said there was no way to finish and they had to return Monday morning.

"I'm looking forward to getting back at it at Bay Hill", Day said. Mickelson never came close to making bogey and won for the 44th time on the PGA Tour. A Lefty US Open win in June would be the sporting story of the year for me and just about the only thing that could beat it would be him winning it next year, back at Winged Foot, at the age of 50.

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