Phil Mickelson secures three-shot win in Monday finish at Pebble

California Hailstorm Delays Final Round of Pebble Beach Pro-Am Golf Tournament

California Hailstorm Delays Final Round of Pebble Beach Pro-Am Golf Tournament

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

Mickelson was visibly disappointed not be able to complete his round on Sunday, but both he and Casey had calm and bright conditions when play resumed at 8am local time (4pm GMT). On Monday, with his 44th title securely in his pocket, he was more mellow.

"So at the end of a year ago, 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. "He really protected both of us".

"This really is a special place for me, going back to 1919 when my grandfather was one of the initial caddies here", the 48-year-old said after becoming the oldest victor of the event. "Sometimes I get in my little bubble and don't see the big picture".

On Sunday, though, he was clearly irritated.

And sure enough, he managed to visit unknown parts of the Monterey Peninsula with a few wayward tee shots, endured a soggy, bone-numbing array of 5-plus-hour rounds, waited out a Sunday hailstorm that for a time whitened the course, made up a 3-shot deficit on Paul Casey and then - with victory imminent - all but pleaded to finish when all that would have been visible was his chattering teeth.

Mickelson was standing on the 17th tee when he heard the horn sound to stop play, and he shook his head.

Mickelson argued that he could "see just fine" on Sunday evening, moments after sunset with two holes remaining.

Countered Casey: "It's not over yet".

Casey simply couldn't see, and we realized it was not possible to finish all 18 holes - "We can't finish two holes in six minutes", he said to the official - he opted to mark his ball on the 16th green. The 48-year-old Mickelson said, "I have pretty good vision". "I don't want to put Paul in a bad spot". "But I totally get where he's coming from".

Overnight leader Casey had a three-shot advantage over Mickelson at the start of the day, but the five-time major victor made up the deficit with three birdies in the front nine and three more after the turn.

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