Phil Mickelson finishes off a 5th win at Pebble Beach

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"Lefty" now only needs the US Open to complete the career Grand Slam by winning all four majors, and he could hardly have asked for a better venue than Pebble Beach to try and achieve the feat.

The final round Sunday had been delayed at the start by one hour because of rain, and then sunshine quickly gave way to hail that covered the greens in a sheet of white and led to a two-hour delay.

The 48-year-old five-time Major victor finished on 19-under after returning to the California course to play the closing two holes of his final round.

Mickelson at least wanted to try.

But the final day, and all week, was about the ageless Mickelson.

There was plenty of sunlight for the Monday morning finish, just no drama. He played two holes just as well as the previous 16 and polished off his bogey-free final round with one last birdie for a 7-under 65 and a three-shot victory against Paul Casey in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

"It's nothing like the course we'll see", Mickelson said. In some sports (i.e. the volatile ones such as golf and baseball), entry percentage matters more than in other, more consistent ones (e.g. basketball). "I wish we could do it tonight".

Mickelson's longest putt for par was 4 feet.

"I didn't make anything". "And I have believed for some time that if I play at my best, it will be good enough to win tournaments". "Phil has put together a spectacular round of golf so far - 6 under, no dropped shots".

Casey was just shy of the green in two but got up and down from six feet to finish second alone.

Joining Casey and Mickelson on the course Monday was Don Colleran, a FedEx executive who with Casey led the two-man Pro-Am competition by one stroke at 33-under par.

Mickelson was standing on the 17th tee when he heard the horn sound to stop play, and he shook his head.

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Such days were known as "Crosby weather" when Bing Crosby was the tournament host for the better part of a half-century.

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.

Mickelson had not won on U.S. soil since the 2013 Phoenix Open.

His brilliant play still shared the stage with weather that was freakish even by Pebble standards.

Sam Saunders, whose grandfather Arnold Palmer was among the Pebble Beach owners, scooped up hail and tossed it like a snowball.

There was never a reasonable chance to finish in his pro-am format, with mostly foursomes across the golf course.

Paul Casey had a three-shot lead over Phil Mickelson.

He added: "The challenge is there are so many great young players and so many great players in the game today, that it takes our best to win".

And while the fairway lines already have been cut much tighter at Pebble, the conditions were so soft, balls plugged in the fairway when they landed and greens easily held shots even from the rough.

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. Jimmy Demaret rolled out of his bed at the Lodge, looked at the 18th green and said, "I know I had a lot to drink last night ... but how did I end up in Squaw Valley?" "We're going to have a good chance to come out on fresh greens".

Former World No.1 Jason Day, meanwhile, finished in a tie for fourth on 13-under with Kim Si-woo, while Graeme McDowell finished at eight-under.

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