Phil Mickelson skipped the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am last year for his kids' vacation week and it must have felt like he stood up an old friend on a dinner date.
Pebble and Mickelson have been so good for each other, the San Diegan notching four of his 42 PGA Tour victories on the Monterey Peninsula. It is a week filled with small, fun traditions and family reminiscing for Mickelson, whose maternal grandfather, Al Santos, served as one of the Pebble Beach Golf Links' first caddies in 1919.
The place clearly is restorative to Mickelson's golf spirit and that has become the case again this week.
Seeking a victory to end a 2 1/2-year drought, Mickelson again produced...