Mickelson and the field battled three days of bad weather, but clearer skies yielded even sunnier results for Lefty on Sunday when he closed with a 6-under 66 for the first of four wins in the 2007 calendar year.
He tied Mark O'Meara's 1997 tournament scoring record at 20-under 268 and also matched the record for winning margin. It was Mickelson's third win at Pebble Beach and it came on the heels of three consecutive poor finishes to start last season.
Mickelson has opened the 2008 season with better -- if not still disappointing -- results. A sixth-place tie at the Buick Invitational was followed by his playoff loss to J.B. Holmes at last week's FBR Open.
This week, Mickelson will be one of just five players from the world top 20 in the field. Of course, the tournament draws just as much attention for its celebrity participants as its top professionals.
Actors Don Cheadle, Craig T. Nelson, Kevin Costner, Chris O'Donnell, Ray Romano, Andy Garcia, Luke Wilson, Kevin James and others will be joined by professional athletes past and present like Drew Brees, Dan Marino and Emmitt Smith, as well as a host of musicians and other entertainment personalities.
GOLF CHANNEL will cover the first two rounds, while CBS has the weekend. Next week is the Northern Trust Open, formerly the Nissan Open, where Charles Howell III beat Mickelson in a playoff last year.