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Mickelson wins 5th AT&T Pro-Am

by Mo Yoshimoto

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Pebble Beach, California

 

 

In an unscheduled Monday finish, second-round quad-leader and four-time past champ Phil Mickelson erased a three-shot deficit with a day-tying-low, bogey-free, 7-under-par 33-32=65 in the weather-delayed, two-day-final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am for a 72-hole tally of 19-under 268, good for a three-shot win over 54-hole leader, playing competitor, and fellow Arizona State product Paul Casey, who finished alone in 2nd with 71.

 

Scott Stallings wrapped with 66 for solo 3rd, four adrift, while Jason Day (68) and Si Woo Kim (68), shared 4th-place, six in arrears.

 

The 48-year-old, a pre-tourney 25/1 outright, bags his 44thPGA TOUR title in 598 events (580 pro), first since a two-shot, come-from-behind (playoff) victory at the 2018 WGC-Mexico Championship 20 starts and 11 months ago, also as a 25/1 outright.

 


 

 

Final Leaderboard (pre-tourney odds outright):

 

 

1- (-19, 268) Phil Mickelson (25/1)

2- (-16, 271) Paul Casey (33/1)

3- (-15, 272) Scott Stallings (200/1)

4- (-13, 274) Jason Day (9/1)

4- (-13, 274) Si Woo Kim (100/1)

 

 

Notes:

 

 


 

 

Mickelson’s win at the above-mentioned WGC-Mexico last March was his first since the 2013 Open Championship (Muirfield). The gap between those wins: 98 starts; 4 years, 7 months.

 

At The Open in July, 2013, he came from five back with 5-under 66 to win by three over Henrik Stenson. It was Mickelson’s second of two wins in 2013 (WM Phoenix Open); his second after being inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in May of 2012; and his fifth and most recent major title.

 

Overall, this week was Lefty’s 17th come-from-behind victory with six of his last eight coming in that fashion.

 

He is the oldest winner on TOUR since himself at last year’s WGC-Mexico, and is the oldest winner of the AT&T Pro-Am.

 

Just for fun, the 119th U.S. Open is at Pebble Beach Golf Links (June 13-16). Phil’s a six-time runner-up at the U.S. Open, the only major he’s yet to win in 104 major appearances.

 

 


 

 

This was his 23rd AT&T Pro-Am, 11th top 10 and ninth top 3, third in his last four.

 

It’s his fifth win, first since 2012, where he came from six back (T4) with 8-under 64 and beat 54-hole leader Charlie Wi by two.

 

 

Mickelson at the AT&T:

 

 

Starts: 23

Cuts Made: 20 (86.9%)

 

Top 25s: 13 (56.5%)

Top 10s: 11 (47.8%)

Top 3s: 9 (39.1%)

Wins: 5 (21.7%)

 

AT&T Form: 1-2-65(last)-2-19-60-1

 

 

FUN FACT: Mickelson was already the AT&T Pro-Am’s all-time earnings leader with $5.93M in 22 prior visits: $269,554/average. Now: $7.29M ($317,312/avg.)

 

 

The Californian checked in this week off a missed cut by two at last week’s WM Phoenix Open (68-75), where he’s also the tourney’s all-time earnings leader.

 

 


 

 

Strength of Field:

 

 

With a Strength of Field rating of 277 (down 115 from last year), Mickelson banks 46.00 world-ranking points and is back inside the Top 20 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

 

OWGR: 17th(up 12)

FEC: 6th (up 34)

 

Season Form: 1-MC-2-17

 

Notes:

  • Previous best this season: T2 at the Desert Classic (60-68-66-69), where he led outright after each of the first three rounds.
  • Thru 14 events this season, third player to MC in start prior and then win in next start, joining: Adam Long (Desert Classic); Charles Howell III (RSM).

 

 


 

 

How Mickelson Won the Tournament:

 

 

Ranked 1st (or T1) in: Total Birdies, Birdie or Better %

 

Ranked 2nd (or T2) in: Par-4 Scoring, Par-5 Scoring, Putts per GIR

 

 

Note: See “Leaders in Selected Stats” at the bottom, along with his full stats.

 

 


 

 

Mickelson’s Position by Round:

 

 

R1: T3 (1 back)

R2: T1

R3: 2 (3 back)

 

 

 

Leader/co-leaders by Round:

 

 

R1: Brian Gay (finished T7): 1-for-4 as 18-hole leader/co-leader

R1: Scott Langley (6th): 0-for-4

 

R2: Phil Mickelson (Won): 18-for-34 as 36-hole leader/co-leader

R2: Lucas Glover (T7): 0-for-7

R2: Scott Langley (T7): 0-for-4

R2: Paul Casey (2nd): 1-for-6

 

R3: Paul Casey (2nd): 1-for-5 as 54-hole leader/co-leader

 

 

 

NOT-SO-FUN FACT: Casey was the fifth player this season to hold a 3-shot lead thru 54 holes and the fourth to lose it. Only Justin Rose (at the Farmers) converted. Gary Woodland (Sentry TOC), Tony Finau (WGC-HSBC), Brandt Snedeker (Safeway) and now Casey, all finished 2nd, Finau and Snedeker losing in sudden death.

 

NOT-SO-FUN FACT: On the five occasions when holding the 54-hole lead, Casey’s final-round scoring average is now 72.20 and is a cumulative 6-over-par in those instances. This week’s 1-under 71 was his first sub-par round.

 

NOT-SO-FUN FACT: Casey also coughed up a 4-shot lead thru 54 holes at last year’s Travelers, closing in 2-over 72 to finish T2, three back of a different lefty, Bubba Watson.

 

 

 

Paul Casey: The 41-year-old’s runner-up is his ninth in 246 events, first since the T2 at the above-mentioned Travelers.

 

Overall, it’s his 15th top-3 finish:

 

Wins: 2

2nd: 9

3rd: 4

 

AT&T Form: 2-8-MC-MC

Season Form: 2-MC-16-16-18-13

 

OWGR: 19th (up 5)

FEC: 15th (up 41)

 

 


 

 

Field Scoring Average:

 

 

This was the 78thplaying of the AT&T Pro-Am and 72nd straight edition with the 6,816-yard par-72 (36-36) Pebble Beach Golf Links (PB) serving as host. Joining the 3-course rotation for the first three rounds are Monterey Peninsula CC’s Shore Course (MP) and Spyglass Hill Golf Course (SH).

 

R4 is contested at Pebble Beach.

 

Note: These three courses have been utilized since the 2011 edition.

 

 

Pebble Beach (PB) host: 6,816 yards; par 72 (36-36)

Monterey Peninsula (MP): 6,958 yards; par 71 (34-37)

Spyglass Hill (SH): 6,960 yards; par 72 (36-36)

 

 

PB: 72.17 (four rounds)

MP: 70.65 (three rounds)

SH: 71.72 (three rounds)

 

 

Note: Strokes gained stats are only recorded at PB.

 

 

 

Cumulative scoring averages:

 

 

R1: 70.76

R2: 71.92 (contested over two days)

R3: 72.22

R4: 71.12 (contested over two days)

 

Total: 71.57

 

 

Mickelson: 65-68-70-65

 

Had there been strokes gained stats for all four rounds:

Mickelson: 18.02 SG: Total.

 

 


 

 

Draw:

 

 

With the 3-course rotation and a scheduled 54-hole cut, there wasn’t a traditional draw this week, so we’ll look at the course rotation instead.

 

Note: The current 3 courses have been utilized since 2011.

 

 

54-hole cut: 2-under 213

70 pros from a field of 156 pros

 

 

Began On:

 

 

MP: 27 (of 52) made the cut

PB: 26 (of 52)

SH: 17 (of 51); 1 WD

 

 

Note: Only the top 60 and ties at the AT&T play R4.

 

 

(10) T61/MDF’s at 3-under 212, leaving:

60 players

 

 

PB: 26 (of 52)

MP: 22 (of 52); 5 MDF’s

SH: 12 (of 51); 5 MDF’s

 

 

Of the 60:

13 players finished in the top 10

 

 

Began On:

 

 

MP: 5

PB: 5

SH: 3

 

 

 

2019 winner: Mickelson: MP-SH-PB

 

 

The course rotation alternates in even/odd years.

So, 2019 was the same rotation as 2017, 2015, 2013 and 2011:

 

 

 

ODD YEARS:

 

2019: Mickelson (MP-SH-PB)                

2017: Spieth (MP-SH-PB)

2015: Snedeker (MP-SH-PB)

2013: Snedeker (MP-SH-PB)

2011: Points (MP-SH-PB)

 

 

Note: As you can see, Mickelson is the fifth straight winner on the same odd-year’s rotation.

 

 

 

EVEN YEARS:

 

2018: Potter, Jr. (PB-SH-MP)

2016: Taylor, V (PB-SH-MP)

2014: Walker (PB-SH-MP)

2012: Mickelson (SH-MP-PB)

 

 


 

 

Low Rounds:

 

 

R1:

(MP): 64: Brian Gay, Scott Langley

(SH): 66: Cody Gribble     

(PB): 66: Si Woo Kim

 

R2:

(MP): 64: Paul Casey

(SH): 67: Curtis Luck

(PB): 66: Lucas Glover

 

R3:

(MP): 65: Adam Hadwin, Grayson Murray (CUT)

(SH): 66: Martin Trainer

(PB): 67: Adam Schenk

 

R4:

(PB): 65: Phil Mickelson, Kevin Streelman

 

 


 

 

Bogey-free Rounds:

 

 

R1: 9

(MP): 3: Matt Kuchar (67); Doug Ghim (68); Ryan Armour (70)

(SH): 3: Cody Gribble (66); Scott Stallings (67); Martin Laird (68)

(PB): 3: Roberto Castro (68); Brian Stuard (69); Brandt Snedeker (69)

 

R2: 8

(MP): 3: Paul Casey (64); Tyler Duncan (68); Nick Taylor (70)

(SH): 3: Ernie Els (68); Trey Mullinax (68); Chez Reavie (70)

(PB): 2: Jim Furyk (68); Rafa Cabrera Bello (68)

 

R3: 3  

(MP): 0

(SH): 2: Chris Stroud (67); Sung Kang (69)

(PB): 1: Russell Knox (68)

 

R4: 3

(PB): 3: Phil Mickelson (65); Michael Thompson (66); D.J. Trahan (67)

 

 

Multiple Bogey-free Rounds (NONE):

 

 


 

 

Mickelson’s Career:

 

 

Starts: 598 (580 pro)

Cuts Made: 500 (83.6%)

 

Top 25s: 327 (54.6%)

Top 10s: 195 (32.6%)

Top 3s: 107 (17.8%)

Wins: 44 (7.3%)

 

 

 

Wins by Season (FEC era):

 

 

2019: 1

2018: 1

2017: 0

2016: 0

2015: 0

2014: 0

2013: 2

2012: 1

2011: 1

2010: 1

2009: 3

2008: 2

2007: 3

 

 


 

 

Mickelson’s Key Moments on Sunday/Monday:

 

 

Began:

 

2nd (3 back of Casey)

 

OUT:

Casey: 1-under 35 (1 birdie)

Mickelson: 3-under 33 (3 birdies)

 

 

AT THE TURN:

Casey by 1

 

 

Mickelson: birdie-3 at 10 (11’2”): Tied lead on 16-under

 

Mickelson: 2-putt par at 11. Casey bogey (failed scramble): Mickelson by 1

 

Casey: bogey-4 at 12 (failed scramble): Mickelson by 2 over Stallings, Kim and Casey

 

Mickelson: birdie-3 at 13 (7’7”): Mickelson by 3 over Stallings, Kim and Casey

 

Stallings: birdie-4 at 18 to post 15-under (then solo 2nd), two back of Mickelson

 

Casey: birdie-4 at 14 from the fringe (14’3”) but Mickelson also birdies (6’4”): Mickelson by 3

 

Mickelson: pars 15 and 16 (play suspended: darkness): Mickelson by 3

 

 

R4 Resumption (Monday):

 

 

Casey: makes par-saver at 16 (3’2”). Mickelson by 3

 

Mickelson and Casey: 2-putt pars at 17: Mickelson by 3

 

Mickelson and Casey: both birdie par-5 18th

 

 


 

 

TOUR Rookies &/or First-Timers:

 

 

Rookies: 21

Top-10 finishes: 0

Best finish(es): T28

 

Three players tied for low-rookie honors with T28s on 6-under 281:

 

 

Martin Trainer (69-73-66-73)

 

AT&T Form: DEBUT

Season Form: 28-MC-73-MC-MC-MC-MC-60

 

 

Season Starts: 8

Made Cuts: 3

Times Low Rookie: 1

 

Top 25s: 0

 

 

Cameron Champ (73-69-70-69)

 

AT&T Form: DEBUT

Season Form: 28-67-MC-73-11-6-10-28-1-25

 

Season Starts: 10

Made Cuts: 9

Times Low Rookie: 5

 

Top 25s: 5

Top 10s: 3

 

 

Note: Trainer and Champ have California ties

 

 

Brady Schnell (67-72-72-70)

 

AT&T Form: DEBUT

Season Form: 28-MC-MC-79/MDF-MC-45-MC

 

Season Starts: 7

Made Cuts: 3

Times Low Rookie: 1

 

Top 25s: 0

 

 

 

First-Timers: 30

Top-10 finishes: 0

Best finish(es): T28

 

 

The three rookies listed above, along with first-time member though not a rookie Curtis Luck (70-67-73-71).

 

AT&T Form: DEBUT

Season Form: 28-70-MC-MC-MC-50-MC

 

Season Starts: 7

Made Cuts: 3

 

Top 25s: 0

 

 

 

 

Season Leaders in Top-10 Finishes:

 

 

6: Gary Woodland

 

4: Scott Piercy, Jon Rahm

 

3: Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Chez Reavie, Matt Kuchar, Xander Schauffele, Marc Leishman, Patrick Cantlay, Charles Howell III, Cameron Champ, Adam Hadwin, Bryson DeChambeau

 

 

 

Consecutive Top 10s on TOUR:

 

 

4: Jon Rahm (10-5-6-8)

 

3: Bryson DeChambeau (10-7-1)

 

2: Jason Day (4-5)

2: Chris Stroud (10-7)

2: Gary Woodland (7-9)

2: Rory McIlroy (5-4)

 

 

 

Consecutive Top-10 Streak Ended at:

 

 

2: Matt Kuchar (22-4-1)

 

 


 

 

Mickelson’s Weekly Stats (ranking of 60 players):

 

 

Eagles: 1 (T6)

Birdies: 25 (1st)

Bogeys: 8 (T23)

 

Birdie or Better: 36.11% (1st)

Birdie to Bogey Ratio: 3.25 (3rd)

 

 

Par-3 Scoring: 2.94 (T17)

Par-4 Scoring: 3.85 (T2)

Par-5 Scoring: 4.25 (T2)

 

 

Driving Distance (all drives): 276.0 yards (8th)

Driving Accuracy: 33/55 (T48) at 60.00%

GIR: 57/72 (T8) at 79.17%

Putts per GIR: 1.649 (2nd)

Total Putts: 115 (T13)

Putts by Round: 32-29-29-25

Scrambling: 8/15 (T51) at 53.33%

All-Around: (5th)

 

 


 

Leaders in Select Stats:

 

 

Birdie or Better Percentage:

 

1. Phil Mickelson (36.11)

2. Si Woo Kim (29.17)

3. Jason Day (27.78)

3. Lucas Glover (27.78)

3. Kevin Streelman (27.78)

 

 

Birdie to Bogey Ratio:

 

1. Paul Casey (4.75)

2. Russell Knox (3.50)

3. Phil Mickelson (3.25)

4. Scott Stallings (3.17)

5. Jason Day (2.86)

 

 

Par-4 Scoring:

 

1. Scott Stallings (3.82)

2. Phil Mickelson (3.85)

2. Kevin Streelman (3.85)

4. Scott Piercy (3.87)

4. Paul Casey (3.87)

4. Jim Furyk (3.87)

 

 

Par-5 Scoring:

 

1. Branden Grace (4.19)

2. Si Woo Kim (4.25)

2. Phil Mickelson (4.25)

4. Scott Stallings (4.31)

5. Paul Casey (4.38)

 

 

Birdies:

 

1. Phil Mickelson (25)

2. Jason Day (20)

2. Si Woo Kim (20)

2. Lucas Glover (20)

2. Kevin Streelman (20)

 

 


 

 

14

 

 

 Season Winners (14):

 

 

5 winners were in their 20s

6 were in their 30s

3 were in their 40s (Mickelson age: 48)

 

 

 

23

 

 

It’s been 23 events since the last pre-tourney fave/co-fave won on TOUR.

 

Most recent:

 

Dustin Johnson (11/2) at the 2018 RBC Canadian Open.

DJ was the top-ranked OWGRer (No. 3) this week and a consensus fave (5/1) as a two-time past champ and No. 2 in all-time earnings (eight total top 10s).

After arriving off his first non-major, non-WGC Euro Tour title in Saudi Arabia last week, he languished to a T45 on 4-under 283: 66(MP)-73(SH)-73(PB)-71(PB)

 

AT&T Form: 45-2-3-41-4-2-5

Season Form: 45-4-30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mo Yoshimoto
You can find Mo on Twitter @Bears3423.