Day inspired by top-five at rain-delayed Pebble

AS expected, Phil Mickelson created a tasty slice of US PGA Tour history at Pebble Beach today by securing a record-equalling fifth AT&T Pro-Am victory at the expense of England's Paul Casey.

The start of the day's play was delayed by an hour for rain and stopped again for two hours as a hailstorm hit the California course.

Law trailed overnight leader Wade Ormsby by five shots going into the back nine of the Vic Open in Australia and by three with just three holes left to play but piled on the pressure with a birdie-par-eagle finish.

"I get exactly where Paul's coming from", Mickelson said.

"The bottom line is I have to do well between now and then but I so want to be there", said McDowell who is 246th in the world and not yet qualified for the Masters or the US PGA.

Beginning the day three strokes off the pace, Mickelson matched Casey's birdie at the par-five second and holed a 10-footer at the fourth to cut the lead to two.

Whether it was continuing to be a part of U.S. Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams, finding a new workout routine, changing coaches, discovering a healthier diet, befriending - and needling - tour players who are young enough to be his son, Mickelson did his best to stay young. They got pretty rough this afternoon so I totally get it. 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.

Mickelson sits at -18 for the tournament, with three holes to play.

"It's been a treat this week", said Casey, who had entered this week with two weeks of rest after a tie for second at the Singapore Open on the Japan Tour.

"Sometimes I get in my own bubble", Mickelson said.

Phil Mickelson celebrates his victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

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

Mickelson and Casey were waiting to tee off when clouds moved in quickly moved in, and rain turned into hail that pounded umbrellas, many of them held sideways to account for the wind.

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

American Scott Stallings is third at 14 under, while South Korea's Si Woo Kim and Scott Langley are a shot back.


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