Phil Mickelson on brink of fifth Pebble Beach victory

A member of the ground staff clears hail form the first green

Mickelson had to come back Monday morning to finish off his three-shot victory over Paul Casey, which marked his record-tying fifth tournament title and win No. 44 of his illustrious career.

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.

Casey missed an eight foot birdie chance on the penultimate hole while his long eagle attempt at the par-5 18 ran six feet past and after watching Casey make his closing birdie to secure outright second, Mickelson made no mistake from a similar distance to close out a -7 65 to complete a three-shot victory. 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. Casey finished alone in second place; Stallings completed play Sunday.

"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. Sometimes I get in my little bubble and don't see the bigger picture".

"As much as I would like to finish, it's probably a good thing", Mickelson said.

The course will be completely different in June, with the rough taller and the greens firmer and no amateurs to take the edge off the proceedings. Before he won, he marked his 500th PGA Tour cut made on Friday. He played the final 26 holes in cold, damp, and windy weather without a bogey.

The final pairing will return at 8am on Monday, with Casey facing a short par putt at the 16th to stay at 15 under. He won the British Open that summer in Scotland, and the Mexico Championship past year.

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

Casey called Mickelson's effort "a phenomenal round of golf" but added: "It's not over yet".

The four-time Pebble Beach victor nearly holed out from the ninth fairway to leave a tap-in birdie and complete a front-nine 33, before rolling in from 12 feet at the next to move into a share of the lead.

"Very simply it's nothing like the course we'll see".

Some players finished in the dark with no chance of winning, but showed the effect of playing without light.

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

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