Feb 11th, 2019
Phil Mickelson cruises to fifth Pebble Beach win
After bad weather delays final day
Golf's a crazy sport. Phil Mickelson goes five years without a PGA Tour win then wins the WGC in Mexico in 2018 and now, the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am for a record-equalling fifth time.
Lefty, 48, held a three-shot lead with two holes to play when fading light ended play on Sunday, and birdied the final hole for a 65 to end -19, three shots clear of Paul Casey.
Mickelson's triumph is his 44th on the PGA Tour – a whopping 28 years after his first win.
"There are so many great players that it takes our best to win," Mickelson said. "I just think myself and Tiger are going to have a real good year this year. The challenge is playing my best and that's a lot more work off the course, so it's very gratifying.
"To play some of my best golf on a Sunday and be able to catch such a good player in Paul Casey, it means a lot to me."
Reflecting on his recent form, he said many players decline after turning 40 due to putting problems and a slowing swing speed but believes he has improved both aspects.
"My putting is the best it's been and my swing speed is as fast as it's ever been," added Mickelson, who still hopes to reach 50 PGA Tour wins. I had a jump in swing speed in the last year. It's been a lot of work and a long process – nine months of hard work, time in the gym, a lot of work. Days like this make it worthwhile."
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