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Phil Mickelson finishes off victory Monday at Pebble Beach

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Cary Erickson | 11 February, 2019, 21:09

Phil Mickelson is in control at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, but he must return on Monday to close out a win.

Paul Casey made a final-hole birdie to post a final-round 71 and finish runner-up, with Scott Stallings - who began the day as clubhouse leader - a further stroke back in third. After Casey rolled in a short par putt on the 16th green upon resumption of play, both men parred the par-3 17th to afford Mickelson an easy stroll up one of the most scenic fairways in golf.

With plenty of sunlight and no drama, Phil Mickelson finished off a 7-under 65 to win the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Monday and match the tournament record with his fifth victory.

Mickelson, seen shaking his head when the horn sounded Sunday night, said he thanked Casey on Monday morning for holding his ground because it was fair to both of them. Along with an outside chance at forcing a playoff, finishing alone in second instead of a tie is a difference of $152,000, along with world ranking points and FedEx Cup points.

Casey simply couldn't see, and we realized it was not possible to finish all 18 holes - "We can't finish two holes in six minutes", he said to the official - he opted to mark his ball on the 16th green. He also won the pro-am with Don Colleran, the chief sales officer for FedEx.

Scarcely more than a month into 2019, Mickelson, 48, already has matched his victory total from 2018 - and his lone win previous year, the WGC Mexico Championship, was his first since 2013. He won that summer's British Open at Muirfield and last year's Mexico Championship.

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Whether it was continuing to be a part of U.S. Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams, finding a new workout routine, changing coaches, discovering a healthier diet, befriending - and needling - tour players who are young enough to be his son, Mickelson did his best to stay young.

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.

"I get where Paul is coming from", Mickelson said.

Some players finished in the dark with no chance of winning, but showed the effect of playing without light.

Jason Day closed with a 68 and was tied for fourth at 13-under 175 with Si Woo Kim (68).