Day inspired by top-five at rain-delayed Pebble

Florence Fletcher
February 14, 2019

With light fading, Mickelson was keen to finish the round, saying: "I can see fine" but England's Casey opted not to putt on the 16th.

Asked in a greenside interview what the performance did for his confidence, Mickelson said: "Absolutely nothing, because it's nothing like the course we'll see".

"It's dark and we have a chance to come out on Monday on fresh greens".

"The bottom line is I have to do well between now and then but I so want to be there", said McDowell who is 246th in the world and not yet qualified for the Masters or the US PGA.

But Casey told that he "genuinely" couldn't see.

"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.

Graeme McDowell, the 2010 US Open champion there, was buoyed by a tied 18th finish in his first start since suffering a wrist injury on December 28.

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.

Mickelson, gunning for a 44th US PGA Tour title, was unfazed by the uncertainty.

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

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 in Boca Raton, Florida, for a five-stroke victory.

He curled in a seven-footer for birdie at 13 and drained a six-footer at 14. Casey's closing birdie ensured their triumph.

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. Play was suspended on Sunday due to weather and darkness.

Scott Stallings, the American who held the clubhouse lead at nightfall on Sunday on 15-under, was on hand in case he might be involved in a playoff, but settled for third.

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.

Both Mickelson and Casey will be playing in this week's Genesis Open, alongside the likes of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.

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

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