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Phil Mickelson grabs a fifth career win at Pebble Beach

Phil Mickelson grabs a fifth career win at Pebble Beach

Beginning the day three strokes off the pace, Mickelson matched Casey's birdie at the par-five second and holed a 10-footer at the fourth to cut the lead to two. 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. Casey finished alone in second place; Stallings completed play Sunday.

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.

The European Tour remains in Australia this week for the third renewal of the ISPS Handa World Super 6 in Perth and the PGA Tour moves some 300 odd miles south along the California coast to Los Angeles for the Genesis Open at the magnificent Riviera Country Club.

He also won the Pro-Am with Don Colleran, the chief sales officer for FedEx.

Instead, he had to return early Monday morning to complete his 44th PGA Tour victory, claiming a fifth AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am while also becoming the eighth-oldest victor in PGA Tour history.

Making it even more special is Pebble Beach, where he made his pro debut at the US Open in 1992, where he won the first of his five titles in another Monday finish in 1998, this one in August because of rain.

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

"There's still a glimmer", said Casey said of his chances, who was level par for his round when play was suspended.

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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.

Mickelson's longest putt for par was 4 feet.

Casey was at 15 under, tied with Scott Stallings, who closed with a 66.

Mickelson needs to win the US Open to complete the Major Grand Slam and with Father Time accelerating along, playing this year at a venue that he knows so well and that he plays so well, offers him a chance.

Mickelson won on American soil for the first time since the Phoenix Open in 2013. He won the British Open that summer in Scotland, and the Mexico Championship a year ago. He finished three shots behind Graeme McDowell in 2010, the last US Open at Pebble.

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

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.


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