Mickelson leads by three as play halted at Pebble Beach

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But he said he understood Casey's perspective.

"We've got two tough holes left and I don't want to jump the gun and get past that", Mickelson said. "We had a chance to come out today on fresh greens, better weather and be able to see a lot better". "I've got two hard holes coming up".

"So at the end of past year, even though I played poorly, I had something happen where it seemed like overnight - it had really been in the works - where my driver speed shot up 5, 6 miles an hour, which rarely ever happens to anybody, let alone somebody in their late 40s", he said.

But Casey told GolfChannel.com that he "genuinely" couldn't see. "We weren't going to get 18 done".

The rain forced the start to be delayed more than an hour Sunday and the hailstorm prompted a delay of over two hours.

Phil Mickelson has won the weather-affected AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am and [1000.0] shot, David Law, has won the ISPS Handa Vic Open. Casey at least birdied the 18th for a 71 to finish alone in second, the difference of $152,000.

Playing 10 minutes from his house, the 61-year-old German star closed with a 7-under 65 in windy condition at The Old Course at Broken Sound for a five-stroke victory.

He curled in a seven-footer for birdie at 13 and drained a six-footer at 14.

After an early birdie, Casey struggled to make anything happen.

Couples, Stricker and Johnson to assist Woods at Presidents Cup
Hale Irwin, who was the US captain in that inaugural event, also played for the American side, going 2-1-0. Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods are both likely to be in action for the USA team at Royal Melbourne.

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 a three over.

"It's been a treat this week", said Casey, who had entered this week with two weeks of rest after a tie for second at the Singapore Open on the Japan Tour.

Mickelson and Casey were waiting to tee off when clouds moved in quickly moved in, and rain turned into hail that pounded umbrellas, many of them held sideways to account for the wind.

Also the tournament victor in 2010, Langer moved within six of Irwin's tour victory record and won in his 13th straight season to extend his record.

Only five players have won all four modern majors - Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Tiger Woods.

In 2009, rain prevented a planned Monday finish and Dustin Johnson was declared the victor after 54 holes.

Phil Mickelson won the Pebble Beach Pro-Am by three strokes on Monday, equalling Mark O'Meara's record of five victories in the northern California event.

"It has been a special week for me", Mickelson said.

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