Victory better late than never


It took him seven months to do it, but Phil Mickelson won the PGA Pebble Beach National ProAm yesterday, two days after hopes for his first major championship collapsed in Seattle.

Mickelson fired a five-under par 67 to win $450,000 in an event shortened to 54 holes after the final two rounds were rained out January 31st and February 1st and postponed until yesterday.

The 28-year-old American finished with a 54-hole total of 14under par (202) for his second victory this year and 13th overall, edging Tom Pernice by one stroke and Jim Furyk, Paul Azinger and J.P. Hayes by two shots.

Second-round co-leader Tom Watson carded a par 72 and finished in a three-way tie for ninth at 10-under 206.

Ireland's Richard Coughlan finished well down the field, tied for 56th place, after carding a 73 for the third round, following two 70s in the opening rounds last winter.

Keith Nolan, the other Irish player featuring in the tournament, finished joint 102nd with rounds of 73, 70 and 75.