Phil Mickelson. Picture: DENNIS SCHNEIDLER-USA TODAY SPORTS
Phil Mickelson. Picture: DENNIS SCHNEIDLER-USA TODAY SPORTS

California — Phil Mickelson won the Pebble Beach Pro-Am by three strokes on Monday, equalling Mark O’Meara’s record of five victories in the storied northern California event.

Mickelson recorded his 44th PGA Tour victory in style with a closing seven-under-par 65 at Pebble Beach.

He finished at 19-under 268, while Englishman Paul Casey (71) birdied the final hole for second place on 16-under.

Mickelson and Casey were the only players who did not complete the event on Sunday night.

Mickelson sealed victory with a tap-in par at the 17th and a birdie at the last to match Tiger Woods with 14 victories in his native California.

Mickelson was closing in on the title when darkness halted play in the final round on Sunday. He held a three-shot lead over player partner Paul Casey.

Red-hot Mickelson and Casey had opposing views on whether to continue as darkness fell, Mickelson putting out for a par at the 16th and saying he was ready to head to 17 as Casey opted to call it a day with a three-foot putt for par in front of him.

“I can see fine,” Mickelson told a rules official on the 16th green. But he said he understood Casey’s perspective.

“I get exactly where Paul’s coming from,” Mickelson said. “It’s dark and we’re going to have a good chance tomorrow to come out on fresh greens. They got pretty rough this afternoon so I totally get it.

“But I have pretty good vision, I can see fine and I’m playing well so I wanted to continue, that’s all there is to it."

Casey said he didn’t see why they should continue in the gathering darkness when they wouldn’t be able to complete the round. 

Reuters