Phil Mickelson downplays US Open prospects after Pebble Beach win

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       Highlights from Phil Mickelson's final round at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

1:56 Highlights from Phil Mickelson's final round at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Winning for the fifth time at Pebble, he maintained the three-stroke lead he had taken over Paul Casey and Scott Stallings when play in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am was suspended because of darkness Sunday.

Five-time major champion Mickelson will try to complete a career Grand Slam at Pebble Beach in June at the US Open, an event where he has finished second a record six times, most recently in 2013.

Phil Mickelson surpassed $90million in prize money by winning the Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Monday and he had a novel idea of how he could get to nine figures.

Mickelson was keen to finish despite darkness approaching on Sunday, but Casey opted to mark his ball on the 16th green and the Englishman brushed in the three-foot par putt first thing on Monday to send the event to its final two holes. He played the final 26 holes in cold, damp, and windy weather without a bogey.

I think the Vic Open's unique format - men and women playing in alternate groups on the same course and for equal prize money - is great, although I can't help thinking: why not go further?

The American is on 18 under with two holes left to play, with playing partner Paul Casey on 15 under.

The Portrush man turns 39 in July and while he lost his PGA Tour card previous year and must rely in invitations to fill out his schedule, he wants desperately to be at Royal Portrush for The Open. The greens were beat up.

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

I've received stick for years for backing Mickelson repeatedly in tournaments he likes but it's paid off yet again and I've already backed him for this week's Genesis Open too.

"It has been a treat this week", Casey said.

The victory, Mickelson's first since the WGC-Mexico Championship last March and first on US soil in six years, carries special significance for him.

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

Pebble Beach was so soft that balls were plugging in the fairway when they landed. "I need to do something special".

Casey was pleased to join Colleran as a Pro-Am champion after a near miss a year ago.

Jason Day closed with a 68 and was tied for fourth at 13-under 175 with Si Woo Kim (68).

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.

Asked in a greenside interview what the performance did for his confidence, Mickelson said: "Absolutely nothing, because it's nothing like the course we'll see".

"The rough will be so different and the greens so firm it will be a whole different golf course but I'll deal with that in six months".

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