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SportWhy not Phil? Mickelson’s Pebble win could herald a big year

19:00  11 february  2019
19:00  11 february  2019 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

Mickelson beats everyone but the dark at Pebble

Mickelson beats everyone but the dark at Pebble Phil Mickelson goes from a three-shot deficit to a three-shot lead at Pebble Beach when the final round is suspended by darkness. The wild day featured rain, sunshine and a hail storm that halted play and leads to first Monday finish since 2000

Philip Alfred Mickelson (born June 16, 1970), nicknamed Lefty, is an American professional golfer. He has won 43 events on the PGA Tour, including five major championships: three Masters titles

Phil Mickelson on the 6th hole at the Pebble Beach Golf Links during the third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Saturday, Feb. He showed Saturday why it’ s a long shot. Meanwhile, top-ranked Dustin Johnson showed enough moxie and talent to remain atop the leaderboard Saturday

Why not Phil? Mickelson’s Pebble win could herald a big year© Provided by Oath Inc. Phil Mickelson is back on top, for the moment. (Getty)

There’s something profoundly American about the old gunslinger strapping on the iron for one last battle, striding into a windy California sun to prove that — as the poet Toby Keith once said — he may not be as good as he once was, but he’s as good once as he ever was.

That’s an awful lot of symbolic and narrative weight to hoist onto a Phil Mickelson win at Pebble Beach in February, but what the hell — Phil’s always been golf’s Doc Holliday, staring askew at the mad strangeness of the sport. While other golfers couch their views in barely-contained on-course explosions and passive-aggressive swipes in the media, Phil’s always there wrapping a lethal verbal stinger inside a smirk. And every so often, his game still keeps pace with his mouth.

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Phil Mickelson on the 6th hole at the Pebble Beach Golf Links during the third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Saturday, Feb. He showed Saturday why it’ s a long shot. Meanwhile, top-ranked Dustin Johnson showed enough moxie and talent to remain atop the leaderboard Saturday

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So if you’re looking for an unexpected storyline to kick 2019 into redline gear, friend, Phil’s your huckleberry.

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All the focus rolling into the 2019 major season has centered on Tiger Woods, with good reason. As Woods goes, so goes the game itself, with ratings and galleries alike trailing in his wake. A strong performance at Augusta in two months, and Woods will steady a swaying game.

Long as we’re focusing on old dudes, however, let’s take a good long look at Phil. He won Monday morning in a hail-and-darkness-delayed AT&T Pro-Am at Pebble Beach, completing a round in which he ran down leader Paul Casey with six birdies in the first 14 holes. Mickelson and Casey played the final two holes Monday morning as the sun peeked over the horizon, with Mickelson finishing at -19 to win by three strokes.

Woods finds inspiration in Mickelson's win at Pebble Beach

Woods finds inspiration in Mickelson's win at Pebble Beach Tiger Woods kept a close eye on Phil Mickelson's win at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am over the weekend in hopes of replicating his old friend's success. "My entire career, Phil will probably attest to this, we've always looked at the board to figure where one another's at," Woods told ESPN's Bob Harig on Wednesday. "So, we've always had that type of enjoyment of competing against one another. And to see what he's done or to see what he did last year in Mexico at 47 years old gave me confidence that I could somehow do it, maybe last year. And I was able to finally end my season just like he did with a win.

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Phil Mickelson is too old to win the U. S . Open. History tells us that. And Mickelson will turn 49 on the same day as the final round of this year ’ s U. S . Open. Why bring that all up now? Because Mickelson is tied atop the leaderboard in the suspended second round of the AT

Phil Mickelson and his longtime caddie Jim 'Bones' Mackay are parting ways after 25 years Mickelson and Mackay announced June 20 that they were ending their working relationship Sure, they could have continued on as they always had, and probably no one would have been the wiser.

Casey had pulled the plug on the round Sunday night on the 16th green, saying it was too dark to see. He was right; the sun had gone down, and Pebble Beach doesn’t have lights. But that didn’t stop Mickelson from grousing. “I can see fine,” he muttered during the CBS broadcast, “I’d prefer to finish the round.” And when the horn sounded, well, you can see Phil’s reaction:

Mickelson apparently boasted to Casey that he has “20-80” vision; Casey later said “I don’t have 20-89 vision, I barely have 20-20.”

Ol’ Phil. He’s not only smarter than everyone else in the room, he’s got better eyesight too.

The victory marks Mickelson’s fifth win at Pebble Beach, his 44th overall, and his second win in less than a year, following the WGC-Mexico last March. Phil’s 2019 slate already included one win — the hard-fought triumph in that epic war that was “Tiger vs. Phil” — but once you stop laughing at that, you’ll note that he’s got a T2 at the Desert Classic last month. Don’t get too excited, but maybe, just maybe, something’s happening here.

Phil Mickelson really, really wanted to finish play Sunday at Pebble Beach

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Phil Mickelson rallied from six shots behind to win for the fourth time at Pebble Beach, a final Phil Mickelson celebrates his final putt on the 18th hole during the final round of the AT&T Pebble He has been taking big strides with his game over the past few months, and he looked poised to break

phil - mickelson - pebble -beach.jpg. Mickelson hits out of a bunker on the sixth hole. If you can do that, you can make a lot of birdies out at Pebble ." Mickelson made a long putt to salvage par from a plugged lie in the bunker on the sixth but a similar lie cost him dearly the day before at Pebble Beach.

“This is a special place for me,” Mickelson said after the round. “My grandfather, 1919, was one of the first caddies at Pebble Beach. Every time I get here I have such special feelings for what this place means to me and my family.” Come on. A story like that heading into the U.S. Open? The Phil mythology grows by the day.

So what would a return of Phil — the let’s-see-what-happens-if-I-do-this everydad any golf bro over age 30 would love to be — mean to the game?

And here’s where dreams of golf narratives take flight. Mickelson just won at Pebble Beach for the fifth time. Mickelson has never won a U.S. Open; it remains the Great White Whale, the last piece of the puzzle he needs for that career Grand Slam. And hey, guess where the U.S. Open happens to be taking place this year?

Granted, Pebble Beach set up to pro-am conditions will resemble a Pebble Beach set up to U.S. Open conditions in the same way that playing Madden on Xbox resembles running onto a field and taking a hit from Aaron Donald. Courses conditioned for Tony Romo and Larry the Cable Guy to succeed aren’t exactly the kind of bonesaw challenge that the USGA prefers.

Phil Mickelson poised to pocket landmark Pebble Beach Pro-Am win

Phil Mickelson poised to pocket landmark Pebble Beach Pro-Am win This one really matters to Phil Mickelson. His grandfather, Al Santos, was a caddie at Pebble Beach. Mickelson has won the AT&T Pro-Am four times, more than any player not named Mark O’Meara. And the U.S. Open returns here in June, the one title Mickelson craves more than all others. Oh, and one more not-so-incidental detail: He’s 48 years old. Few players remain relevant on the PGA Tour at that age, but Mickelson keeps chugging along. He won last year’s World Golf Championship event in Mexico City, threatened to win last month’s Desert Classic (he tied for second) and put himself in great position again Sunday at Pebble Beach.

Phil Mickelson and his caddie Jim Mackay discuss the 18th tee shot on the final day at the 2012 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. You're viewing YouTube in English. You can change this preference below.

Phil Mickelson as a pitchman. Forget about the incredible on-course display he put The guy could probably sell you subscriptions to 10 magazines you don't want if he showed up on your doorstep. Random tournament fact: Last year , Phil Mickelson and Jim "Bones" Mackay set an unofficial record

“It’s nothing like the course we’ll see [at the U.S. Open],” Mickelson said of Pebble after the round. “It’ll be so different. The greens will be so firm. It’ll be a whole different golf course. But I’ll deal with that in six months.”

Plus, Mickelson has a tendency to play his best when the world’s attention is elsewhere. He doesn’t perform in the spotlight, he sidles into it when you’re watching someone else. He hasn’t recorded a top 10 in a major since 2016, and hasn’t done so in a U.S. Open since Merion in 2013. That won’t be the case this summer, when Phil’s Last Chance will become the key story of the U.S. Open.

There are several months, and every single one of the world’s best golfers, standing between Phil’s clinching putt on the 18th at Pebble on Monday morning and that same putt on the Sunday of the U.S. Open. You can come up with a thousand reasons why Mickelson won’t make noise these next few months, why he won’t win the U.S. Open at long last: He’s too old, the competition’s too good, the moment’s too big.

If you’re the gambling type, you wouldn’t bet on Mickelson to close out that career Grand Slam this summer, even with the momentum from this weekend. But if you were to lay that bet, Phil himself would be happy to take that action, and he’d smile like he knows something you don’t.

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