The Punter's De-Brief: Mickelson matches O'Meara's record but can he win again in June?

Golfer Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson on his way to another win at Pebble Beach

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. Our man looks back at all the week's action here...

"I’ve received stick for years for backing Mickelson repeatedly in tournaments he likes but it’s paid off yet again and I’ve already backed him for this week’s Genesis Open too. The old rule of thumb of backing Phil repeatedly until the US Masters has paid off again and the icing on the cake was laying Casey at odds-on too with a round to go."

Wade Ormsby, a pre-tournament 80.079/1 chance, hit a low of 1.182/11 during the fourth and final round of the ISPS Handa Vic Open on the European Tour yesterday but long odds-on players got their fingers well and truly burnt.

For much of the final day, Ormsby's only serious danger had looked to be pre-event 130.0129/1 shot, Brad Kennedy, and the veteran Sydneysider hit a low of 2.111/10 himself as the pair duelled it out on the back nine but it was all change late on when 1000.0 chance, David Law, rallied superbly after calling a penalty on himself on the ninth.

Law trailed Ormsby by fully five strokes after his penalty and he still trailed by three with just three to play but he birdied the par four 16th, parred the tricky par three 17th and then did this with his second to the par five 18th!

Law stroked the eagle putt home to draw level before Ormsby made a complete hash of the par three 17th. A horrible tee-shot was followed by a chip that failed to find the green and a third that wasn't much better and after a fast start, which had seen him birdie the first two holes and three of the first five, and following a run of 11 straight pars, the 38-year-old Aussie missed his bogey attempt and tapped in for a double-bogey five. All of a sudden, Ormsby needed an eagle of his own just to tie. A feat he couldn't achieve.

Over at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am, a hailstorm halted play yesterday, just before the leaders were due to start their final round. Play was suspended for several hours and despite Phil Mickelson's best efforts of persuasion, 54-hole leader, Paul Casey, had - had enough and play was called for the day as darkness fell, with the final pair having just a couple of holes to play.

Casey returned to the fray today, tapped in his par save at 16 and then preceded to par the par three 17th and birdie the par five 18th but it wasn't enough to reel in Mickelson who also finished 3-4.

This was Mickelson's fifth AT&T title so it's fair to say he was a tournament specialist before this week but he was still generally a 36.035/1 chance and he even hit a high of 50.049/1 before the off. Casey, who traded at a similar price to Lefty pre-event, hit a high of 80.079/1 and a low of 1.51/2 in-play.

My Bets

I didn't get involved before the event Down Under and my three in-play picks all drew a blank but the AT&T worked out very nicely.

I've received stick for years for backing Mickelson repeatedly in tournaments he likes but it's paid off yet again and I've already backed him for this week's Genesis Open too. The old rule of thumb of backing Phil repeatedly until the US Masters has paid off again and the icing on the cake was laying Casey at odds-on too with a round to go.

As highlighted in the In-Play Blog, the Englishman's record when leading on the PGA Tour is woeful and he's one to take on.

Will Lefty finally bag a US Open?

Hale Irwin, who won the 1990 edition of the US Open at 45 years and 15 days old, is the oldest US Open winner to date so the stats are really against Phil Mickelson, who turns 49 on the Sunday of this year's edition.

The popular lefthander has been a US Open regular since Irwin's victory almost 29 years ago and he's finished second an incredible six times in the event. He's traded at odds-on on numerous occasions but his biggest fail came at Winged Foot 13 years ago.

Mickelson needs to win the US Open to complete the Major Grand Slam and with Father Time accelerating along, playing this year at a venue that he knows so well and that he plays so well, offers him a chance. A Lefty US Open win in June would be the sporting story of the year for me and just about the only thing that could beat it would be him winning it next year, back at Winged Foot, at the age of 50. He's most certainly drinking in the last chance saloon but as he's shown this week, you write Lefty off at your peril.

The European Tour remains in Australia this week for the third renewal of the ISPS Handa World Super 6 in Perth and the PGA Tour moves some 300 odd miles south along the California coast to Los Angeles for the Genesis Open at the magnificent Riviera Country Club. I'll be back tomorrow with the previews.

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