PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Phil Mickelson put himself getting ready to a fifth victory within the AT&T Pebble Seashore professional-am by turning a three-shot deficit into a 3-shot lead when a wild day of climate stored him from ending Sunday.
Mickelson was bogey-free with six birdies, and he made his massive run beginning with a 9-iron to a foot behind the cup on the par-4 ninth. That was begin of a 5-hole stretch when Mickelson made three birdies and Paul Casey had two bogeys.
About the one thing that didn’t go Mickelson’s means was the timing.
The ultimate spherical started an hour late due to rain, after which it was delayed two more hours when sunshine gave solution to a hail storm in a matter of minutes, overlaying the putting greens in a sheet of white.
Mickelson was at 18-beneath par via sixteen holes. Casey had a 3-foot par putt on the same gap when Mickelson tried to lobby for them to complete, even at the hours of darkness.
“I can see high-quality,” Mickelson informed a guidelines official. “I don’t need to put Paul in a nasty spot.”
Mickelson should return at 8 a.m. Monday to play the final two holes.
Casey was at 15 beneath, tied with Scott Stallings, who closed with a 66. Together with an outdoor probability at forcing a playoff, ending alone in second as an alternative of a tie is a distinction of $152,000, along with world ranking points and FedEx Cup factors. Casey and FedEx government Don Colleran had a one-shot lead in the pro-am.
“I don’t see how we will end,” Casey stated as they walked up the 16th fairway. “We will’t end two holes in six minutes. I’d wish to.”
Mickelson was standing on the seventeenth tee when he heard the horn sound to cease play, and he shook his head.
The remainder of his day was far better than the climate.
Mickelson is on the verge of profitable for the forty fourth time in his profession, and matching Mark O’Meara with five victories at a event he first played in 1995.
It additionally can be his first victory on American soil because the Phoenix Open six years ago. He gained the British Open that summer time in Scotland, and the Mexico Championship last yr.
His sensible play still shared the stage with weather that was weird even by Pebble standards.
Mickelson and Casey have been waiting to tee off when clouds moved in shortly moved in, and rain was hail that pounded umbrellas, lots of them held sideways to account for the wind.
Greens shortly have been coated by the tiny white pellets, and staff went from using squeegees for excess water to power blowers to…