Golden State warrior: Phil Mickelson's 14 PGA Tour victories in California

Golden State warrior: Phil Mickelson's 14 PGA Tour victories in California

Golden State warrior: Phil Mickelson's 14 PGA Tour victories in California

Phil Mickelson has admitted he held back emotion during the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at the weekend to avoid annoying Paul Casey.

Sunday's final pairing of Mickelson and Casey have only played 10 holes due to the delay and, with the sun setting just after 5.30pm, are unlikely to complete their rounds in time.

Mickelson tied Mark O'Meara's record with his fifth victory in the AT&T Pebble Beach, the first one also a Monday finish in 1998 because of bad weather, with one big difference - that Monday finish was more than six months later in August.

Casey's only hope was for Mickelson to make a mistake on the closing holes, and there was little chance of that.

Casey has never won in three previous times he had a 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour, all of them by two shots or more, and he was holding his own against the relentless pursuit of Mickelson, who missed three straight birdie putts from the 12-foot range by the slimmest margins.

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

"Here I'm trying to hit the ball as far as I can, not anxious too much about the rough, balls plugging and we're able to clean it".

"It's been a very special week for me and this is a very special place to me".


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

He will return to Pebble Beach in June for the U.S. Open, where he made his pro debut in 1992.

"So at the end of past year, even though I played poorly, I had something happen where it seemed like overnight - it had really been in the works - where my driver speed shot up 5, 6 miles an hour, which rarely ever happens to anybody, let alone somebody in their late 40s", he said. This is obviously the one major that Phil needs to win to lock up the career grand slam.

"I just think that both myself and Tiger are going to have a really, really good year this year", Mickelson said.
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. "This golf course, it looks very gettable [but] it can expose you".

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.

No doubt, Mickelson wanted to get home to Southern California on Sunday night, and he clearly wasn't concerned about squandering a chance at victory because he couldn't see what he was doing.

Mickelson has come close, with six runner-up finishes at the U.S. Open.

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