Phil Mickelson two holes away from fifth Pebble Beach victory

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Phil Mickelson has gotten the better of Father Time and weathered Mother Nature's most vicious punches for four days at one of his better haunts on the PGA Tour.

He just couldn't beat Sunday's setting sun.

Mickelson needs to get through one more day and two more holes if he's to make tournament history and further enhance his World Golf Hall of Fame career. He is atop the leaderboard as the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am is scheduled to resume at 8 a.m. local time Monday (11 a.m. ET) after Crosby Weather, as it's known in these parts, crashed the annual bash on the Monterey Peninsula.

Playing in the final group Sunday for the second time in three starts this year, Mickelson turned a three-shot deficit at dawn into a three-shot lead at day's end with spectacular play on a chilly and windy day. With his game on point, the only thing that bothered Mickelson was the decision to halt play.

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"It's probably a good thing for us," said Mickelson, who pleaded his case to continue despite darkness enveloping the course. "But I wanted to try to finish tonight because I'm playing well.

"It's not over. We've got to finish it off, so I don't want to jump the gun and look ahead. I've got two difficult holes coming up. I love playing this tournament, but I think the postponement is a good omen because of the first time I won here was '98. We had a three-month suspension of the tournament, came back and finished the final round, and I had my first victory here."

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