Mickelson leads at Pebble Beach as play suspended again


Phil Mickelson surpassed $90million in prize money by winning the Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Monday and he had a novel idea of how he could get to nine figures. He also became the oldest-ever PGA victor at the famed California coastal layout. "But I wanted to try to finish tonight because I'm playing well". Adding to it this week, being able to have another memory, another experience here at Pebble Beach is very special to me. "And to have my pro career start here, to have this victory, means a lot".

Mickelson won on American soil for the first time since the Phoenix Open in 2013.

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

"We could finish 17, I could tee off on 18", Mickelson told official Mark Russell after he finished play at 16, with darkness descending. "This golf course, it looks very gettable [but] it can expose you".

Scott Stallings, who took the clubhouse lead on Sunday by getting to 15 under, was third, with Jason Day and Kim Si-woo tied for fourth at 13 under.

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.

Resuming again after the delay has not affected momentum for the final group, with England veteran Casey and Mickelson tied at 16-under-par.

"As much as I would like to finish, it's probably a good thing", Mickelson said.

"For the week, I've only made eight [actually seven] birdies, and that's not going to get it done", Woods said.

"He really protected both of us". 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.

The four-time Pebble Beach victor nearly holed out from the ninth fairway to leave a tap-in birdie and complete a front-nine 33, before rolling in from 12 feet at the next to move into a share of the lead.

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.

"A phenomenal round of golf, " Casey said.

The Portrush man turns 39 in July and while he lost his PGA Tour card a year ago and must rely in invitations to fill out his schedule, he wants desperately to be at Royal Portrush for The Open. "Over the moon, we got the win", Casey said.