Mickelson leads by three as Pebble Beach heads to Monday finish

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

Mickelson held a three-shot cushion with two holes remaining and was six under for his round when play was suspended at 5.55pm PT (1.55am GMT), much to the American's disappointment, with overnight leader Paul Casey in a share of second alongside clubhouse leader Scott Stallings.

Mickelson won at Pebble Beach for the fifth time, matching the record set by Mark O'Meara.

"It has been a special week for me", Mickelson said. I was very appreciative of that.

The last time the final round was played on Monday was in 2000, when Tiger Woods rallied from a five-shot deficit to win his sixth consecutive PGA Tour start.

Hale Irwin, who won the 1990 edition of the US Open at 45 years and 15 days old, is the oldest US Open victor to date so the stats are really against Phil Mickelson, who turns 49 on the Sunday of this year's edition.

Mickelson has come close, with six runner-up finishes at the U.S. Open.

And while he enjoyed the victory, Mickelson didn't consider it meaningful in any way for the US Open.

I think the Vic Open's unique format - men and women playing in alternate groups on the same course and for equal prize money - is great, although I can't help thinking: why not go further? "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.

After an early birdie, Casey struggled to make anything happen.

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

"We've got two tough holes left and I don't want to jump the gun and get past that", Mickelson said.

"Sometimes I get in my own bubble", Mickelson said.

"He really protected both of us". In 2018, Ted Potter, Jr. prevailed over Phil Mickelson, Jason Day and two-time Pebble Beach victor Dustin Johnson.

After a rain-delayed start, Mickelson had produced a blemish-free round and holed six birdies to move to 18 under before play was called off.

Mickelson and Casey were unable to tee off on the par-3 17th due to darkness and will return on Monday morning. 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.

"A phenomenal round of golf, " Casey said.

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