Mickelson downplays U.S. Open prospects after Pebble Beach win

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After retaining his three-shot lead over Paul Casey on the last two holes in a weather-delayed finale, Mickelson secured a $1.37m pay-out and a fifth victory at the California course. Six runner-up finishes, some in the most heartbreaking fashion, dot his career, the tournament keeping him from a career Grand Slam.

Law trailed overnight leader Wade Ormsby by five shots going into the back nine of the Vic Open in Australia and by three with just three holes left to play but piled on the pressure with a birdie-par-eagle finish. He played the final 26 holes in cold, damp, and windy weather without a bogey.

Hailstorms are a rarity on Monterey Peninsula, at least in February.

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.

Mickelson argued that he could "see just fine" on Sunday evening, moments after sunset with two holes remaining. Mickelson was on the 17th tee, shaking his head when he heard the siren to stop play.

Mickelson was bogey-free with six birdies, and he made his big run starting with a 9-iron to a foot behind the cup on the par-4 ninth.

After playing the 17th and 18th on Monday, Mickelson admitted Casey was right.

"I thank Paul for having us come back out here this morning", Mickelson said.

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"He really protected both of us". The greens were beat up. I think it would be very competitive.

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.

Pebble Beach was so soft that balls were plugging in the fairway when they landed.

Phil Mickelson poses with the trophy after winning the Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Monday.

As Jim Nantz stated in a post I wrote earlier this year, Pebble Beach seems like the ideal place for Lefty to finally get that U.S. Open win. "Every time I come here, I have special feelings". Along with five titles at Pebble Beach, he ties Woods and Billy Casper - all three native Californians - with his 14th career victory in the Golden State.

The weekend's PGA Tour event is still now ongoing and scheduled for a Monday finish due to adverse weather conditions over the weekend causing delays.

Mickelson is one of three players looking to complete their collection of all four majors this year.

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