Phil Mickelson closes in on fifth AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am win

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

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

Even a dawn wakeup call didn't bother Phil Mickelson as he birdied the final hole Monday to claim the title at AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Phil Mickelson notched multiple numeric milestones Monday with his victory in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

He started the day three shots off Casey's lead but roared to the top of the leaderboard with six birdies that put him 18-under for the tournament with two holes remaining.

"It means a lot to me to play the final round as focused and as well as I did", said Mickelson, who started the final round three strokes behind Casey.

Making it even more special is Pebble Beach, where he made his pro debut at the US Open in 1992, where he won the first of his five titles in another Monday finish in 1998, this one in August because of rain.

"I thanked Paul this morning because I sometimes in my own little bubble I don't see the big picture", Mickelson said.

"I think both myself and Tiger are going to have a really great year this year", he said.

"This really is a special place for me, going back to 1919 when my grandfather was one of the initial caddies here", the 48-year-old said after becoming the oldest victor of the event.

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"For the week, I've only made eight [actually seven] birdies, and that's not going to get it done", Woods said.

No doubt, Mickelson wanted to get home to Southern California on Sunday night, and he clearly wasn't concerned about squandering a chance at victory because he couldn't see what he was doing. "We could finish 17, I could tee off on 18", Mickelson told official Mark Russell after he finished play at 16, with darkness descending.

Countered Casey: "It's not over yet".

With a two-hour rain delay in Sunday's final round, Day was one of the last groups to finish before sunset and carded a four-under-par 68.

However, Mickelson said Monday's win was irrelevant because the course will be completely different in June from the soggy, lush layout that greeted the players during the Californian winter.

A dream? Perhaps. But you can bet Mickelson sees such a scenario playing out clear as day.

"When guys get in their 40s, two things decline, their putting and their swing speed", said the new world number 17, who is now swinging at close to 120 miles per hour.

What excites him is that he's putting as well as he has at any time in his career and has found an extra "5-6 miles per hour swing speed" he believes that could be the key at the Masters, even if he conceded that winning 50 times on the PGA Tour might prove a challenge.

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