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

Casey had great par saves, and then Mickelson took off.

Mickelson was at his best on a course he loves. He seemed undaunted on Monday, though, hitting his approach to the par-three 17th close before finishing with a birdie at the par-five 18th to get to 19-under for the tournament.

He matched the low score of the final round while playing in the last group, turning a three-shot deficit into a three-shot victory.

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. Casey at least birdied the 18th for a 71 to finish alone in second, the difference of $152,000. Casey and FedEx executive Don Colleran had a one-shot lead in the pro-am.

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.

The European Tour remains in Australia this week for the third renewal of the ISPS Handa World Super 6 in Perth and the PGA Tour moves some 300 odd miles south along the California coast to Los Angeles for the Genesis Open at the magnificent Riviera Country Club.

The PGA Tour is making another stop at Pebble Beach this season for the U.S. Open, and that is the only major championship Mickelson hasn't won.

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

Mickelson and Casey were unable to tee off on the par-3 17th due to darkness and will return on Monday morning.

"As much as I would like to finish, it's probably a good thing", Mickelson said. "Sometimes I get in my little bubble and don't see the bigger picture".

Casey has a four-foot putt to save par on the 16th green when play resumes at 8am (4pm GMT) on Monday, while Stallings holds the clubhouse lead on 15 under after a six-under 66.

The U.S. Open will be at Pebble Beach this year but Phil Mickelson does not think winning there on Monday will aid his Grand Slam chances.

It also would be his first victory on American soil since the Phoenix Open six years ago.

This was a fantastic win for the 27-year-old, a protege of fellow Aberdonian and former Open champion Paul Lawrie.

"(It means) absolutely nothing because it's nothing like the course we'll see", Mickelson said.

"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".

  • Stacy Allen