Mickelson on brink of victory
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Phil Mickelson put himself on the brink of a fifth victory in the AT&T Pebble Beach pro-am by turning a three-shot deficit into a three-shot lead when a wild day of weather kept him from finishing Sunday.
Mickelson was bogey-free with six birdies, and he made his big run starting with a 9-iron to a foot behind the cup on the par-4 ninth. That was start of a five-hole stretch when Mickelson made three birdies and Paul Casey had two bogeys. About the only thing that didn’t go Mickelson’s way was the timing.
The final round started an hour late because of rain, and then it was delayed two more hours when sunshine gave way to a hail storm in a matter of minutes, covering the putting greens in a sheet of white.
Mickelson was at 18-under par through 16 holes. Casey had a 3-foot par putt on the same hole when Mickelson tried to lobby for them to finish, even in the dark.
Barkley at pre-Grammys bash
Forever in an Empire State of Mind, Saquon Barkley’s 22nd birthday party turned into a fabulous highlight reel — though, neither hurdles nor jukes made the cut.
Jay-Z and Diddy serenaded the Giants star running back and NFL offensive rookie of the year with a rendition of “Happy Birthday” on Saturday, as the trio gathered with powerful celebs all over for Roc Nation’s annual brunch bash a day before the Grammys in Los Angeles. The moment was captured by editor and director Alfredo Flores.
Jay-Z’s mega-entertainment agency of course represents Barkley for contract and football matters. Hova’s ladylove, Beyoncé, along with Meek Mill, DJ Khaled, Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner were among those also in attendance, according to E! News. Barkley, like he would with Big Blue offensive lineman running down the field, orchestrated the performance, while sporting a slick black button-down.
Langer wins home PGA event
BOCA RATON, Fla. — Bernhard Langer made himself right at home in the Oasis Championship.
Playing 10 minutes from his house, the 61-year-old German star closed with a 7-under 65 on Sunday in windy condition at The Old Course at Broken Sound for a five-stroke victory. He finished at a tournament-record 19-under 197 for his 39th victory on the 50-and-over circuit and earned $255,000 to break Hale Irwin’s tour career record with $27,196,504.
“There’s many things to celebrate,” Langer said. “It means a great deal to win in front of your home crowd, your family, your friends. Winning at home is always extremely special, no doubt about it. It made it more special having my first win with my daughter Jackie, who’s only caddied three times for me.”
British horse racing reports flu
LONDON — Four new cases of equine flu have been reported by the British Horseracing Authority in a blow to the sport’s hopes of resuming action on Wednesday.
The cases were identified in vaccinated thoroughbreds at the Newmarket yard of trainer Simon Crisford, the BHA said late Sunday.
Racing has been on an enforced six-day shutdown since Thursday following three cases — which subsequently rose to six — of the highly infectious disease found at Donald McCain’s stable in Cheshire. A statement from the BHA on Sunday said a further update would be issued Monday.
Legend sees Super Bowl for Darnold
The sight of Joe Namath handing the Patriots yet another Super Bowl must have stung Jets fans, but not to worry, because on that same weekend, another Gang Green legend predicted the team’s present-day franchise quarterback will end the miserable 50-year streak of futility.
“I think he (Sam Darnold) can bring a Super Bowl in the near future for the Jets,” Darrelle Revis told TMZ last week in Atlanta. “It’s going to take some time, but I feel like he’s capable of doing it.”
Revis, who signed a one-day contract to retire on One Jets Drive last season, joins a packed bandwagon of Darnold oracles. Before Darnold took the field for his debut, former NFL signal-caller Carson Palmer said there’s “no doubt whatsoever” that the cool California 21-year-old is “good enough to win a Super Bowl.