Hailstorm causes final round delay at Pebble Beach Pro

Rain hail delays final round at Pebble Beach

Undoubtedly Mickelson will be the subject of considerable conjecture when the golf world returns to Pebble Beach in June for the 119th playing of the U.S. Open, the major that defines Lefty's bouts of futility more than anything. It's a remarkable turnaround since the last-place finish at the Tour Championship and lousy Ryder Cup performance. "I know a lot can happen in these two holes and they have happened in the past, so I want to stay focused and just come out tomorrow and try to finish it off".

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. It was known as "Crosby weather" when Bing Crosby was the tournament host for the better part of a half-century.

Mickelson had to return to Pebble Beach on Monday to complete his 44th Tour victory and did so easily, finishing at 19-under par with a 65.

Mickelson won on American soil for the first time since the Phoenix Open in 2013. He won the British Open that summer in Scotland, and the Mexico Championship a year ago.

Some playing groups had fun with the inclement weather though.

Sam Saunders, whose grandfather Arnold Palmer was among the Pebble Beach owners, scooped up hail and tossed it like a snowball.

Hail covers the second green of the Pebble Beach Golf Links during the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament on Sunday, February 10, 2019, in Pebble Beach, California. Patrick Reed's brother laid on his back and tried to make a snow angel. There wasn't much he could do to stop Mickelson, who at age 48 looks just as tough as when he won his first PGA Tour event in 1991 when he was still at Arizona State.

Pebble Beach was so soft that balls were plugging in the fairway when they landed.

"I get where Paul is coming from", Mickelson said. A disgusting tee-shot was followed by a chip that failed to find the green and a third that wasn't much better and after a fast start, which had seen him birdie the first two holes and three of the first five, and following a run of 11 straight pars, the 38-year-old Aussie missed his bogey attempt and tapped in for a double-bogey five. "In all honesty, it's a good thing to play the last two holes in fresh conditions". Scott Piercy had a 15-foot putt that was slightly uphill, and he still ran it 7 feet by the hole and three-putted for bogey.

Australian Jason Day was at nine-under and failed to birdie the reachable par-5 second hole.

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