Phil Mickelson acknowledges the crowd after making his putt to win on the 18th hole during the conclusion of the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament at Pebble Beach Golf Links.
He seemed undaunted on Monday, though, hitting his approach to the par-three 17th close before finishing with a birdie at the par-five 18th to get to 19-under for the tournament.
Mickelson's first Pebble Beach title back in 1998 came when the weather was so bad that the final round was actually played on a Monday in August - six months after the tournament began.
'Paul and I both went to Arizona State, ' Mickelson said.More news: Akshay Shares ‘Glimpses of Kesari’ from Upcoming Period Drama
However, the 5-time Major victor hasn't been as animated on the golf course as usual, and he revealed that's down to his personal relationship with Casey.
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.
It was a decision Mickelson clearly disagreed with, visibly shaking his head when the horn blew to officially halt play. "I was very appreciative of that, and I told him that".
He has won five majors - the Masters (2004, 2006, 2010), PGA Championship (2005) and British Open (2013).More news: Retired astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of Gabby Giffords, to run for Senate
Here is a look at the 14 PGA Tour golf wins by Mickelson in California in photos.
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. A disgusting tee-shot was followed by a chip that failed to find the green and a third that wasn't much better and after a fast start, which had seen him birdie the first two holes and three of the first five, and following a run of 11 straight pars, the 38-year-old Aussie missed his bogey attempt and tapped in for a double-bogey five. "This is a special place for me", he said.
The five-times major champion will get a chance to complete the career grand slam when the U.S. Open is played at Pebble Beach in June, but Mickelson wants to savour his latest success first.
For years, Mickelson, 48, has rebuffed talk of his age, choosing to focus on aspects that encouraged him going forward even through a four-year stretch without a victory. Two players have won the Pro-Am and the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in the same year: Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.More news: Gavin Newsom To Scale Back, Not Abandon, California's High-Speed Rail
"I can see fine", Mickelson told a rules official on the 16th green. "But I'll deal with that in [four] months". "It's a totally different golf course".
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