Mickelson comes out on top at Pebble Beach

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

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

But after coming from three strokes behind Paul Casey, carding a faultless, seven-under 65 to capture his fifth AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am title by three shots, the left-hander sounded a word of warning to Rory McIlroy and the rest of golf's young guns.

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's only hope was for Mickelson to make a mistake on the closing holes, and there was little chance of that. 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.

Whether it was continuing to be a part of U.S. Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams, finding a new workout routine, changing coaches, discovering a healthier diet, befriending - and needling - tour players who are young enough to be his son, Mickelson did his best to stay young.

Mickelson is on the verge of winning for the 44th time in his career, and matching Mark O'Meara with five victories at a tournament he first played in 1995.

"Every time I get here I have such feelings of gratitude that all that this place has done for my family, starting with my grandfather", he said.

"I thanked Paul this morning for letting us finish today", he said of the delayed finish. "The rough will be so deep and the greens will be so fast, it will be a totally different course".

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Matt Jones was a further three shots back with his even-par 72 leaving him tied 53rd, while fellow Sydney native Cameron Davis dropped six shots during a 78 that plummeted him to three over. He won that summer's British Open at Muirfield and last year's Mexico Championship.

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

Even so, it was the fourth time Casey took a 54-hole lead of at least two shots into the final round on the PGA Tour and failed to win.

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.

Casey blinked first with a bogey on the 11th hole, and another on the par-3 12th when his tee shot came up short and into the bunker.

Mickelson, however, doesn't think the win this week will give him an edge in June.

American Scott Stallings is third at 14 under, while South Korea's Si Woo Kim and Scott Langley are a shot back.

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