Phil Mickelson sought what would have been his fifth career victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. A win would have been his first since the 2013 Open Championship in Scotland.
The Hall of Famer had a two-stroke lead going into Sunday’s match at Pebble Beach, but failed to seal the deal. Mickelson scored a final-round 72, bringing him to 16-under for the week, while Vaughan Taylor finished at 17-under, thanks to an incredible back-nine comeback with five birdies.
Taylor played the back nine in five-under par, contributing to an impressive seven-under for the day. He finished one stroke ahead of Mickelson, who lipped out a short putt to tie on the last.
Scrambling on Saturday
Mickelson struggled to find the greens all day on Saturday. However, despite the fact that he only made nine greens in regulation all round, he was still able to scramble his way to a bogey-free 66 finish. This was not the case in the final 18 holes.
Things started to deteriorate for Mickelson when he dropped strokes on Nos. 4 and 5, while Jonas Blixt eagled the par-five sixth to take the lead.
Blixt followed the eagle with a birdie on the par-three seventh, and looked well on his way to the title. However, he proceeded to play the remaining holes one over par, missing a golden birdie opportunity on the 17th.
Watch Mickelson lipping out on the 18th on the next page.