The steam that came out of his head on Sunday at Pebble Beach was undoubtedly due to the icy air that permeated the tournament, although few would have been surprised if Phil Mickelson was boiling the idea that not the he would have been allowed to finish despite two holes to play in the enveloping darkness.
His path to victory in these days will never be trivial, not even in a tournament where he did a whole round without losing a fairway – a twenty years before.  And he was quite sure, he managed to visit unknown parts of the Monterey Peninsula with some rebel t-way shots, endured a series of 5 minutes more humid and soft with bones, he waited for a Sunday hailstorm for a while. Obviously, he made a 3-shot deficit on Paul Casey and then ̵
No doubt, Mickelson wanted to go home to Southern California on Sunday evening, and clearly was not worried about squandering a chance of victory because he could not see what he was doing. Phil was in trouble and wanted to complete it.
Instead, he had to come back Monday morning to complete his 44th PGA Tour victory, claiming a fifth AT & T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am also becoming the eighth oldest winner in the history of the PGA Tour.  How impressive was Phil's victory at Pebble Beach? Here's how:
• Fifth victory at Pebble Beach, winning Mark O & Meara for most of all time.
• First Monday's winner at Pebble since Tiger Woods won one Monday in 2000.
• A 48, the oldest winner on tour since Davis Love won at age 53 in 2015.
• Sixth victory from round 40. Only eight players have more victories on the Tour after having turned 40.
• One of three players (Kenny Perry, Fred Funk) in pas 50 yeas to win several times at age 47 or more.
• Win n. 44, giving him a fear of binding Walter Hagan for the eighth time.
For years, Mickelson, 48, has rejected his age words, choosing to focus on aspects that encouraged him to move forward even through a four-year period without a victory.
If he continues to be part of the US Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams, finding a new workout routine, changing coaches, discovering a healthier diet, making friends – and waving – tour players who are young enough to be his son, Mick Elson did his best to stay young.
The most recent discovery was something that he left after Friday's shift for a few extra distances he collected.
"So at the end of last year, even if I was playing badly, I had something happened overnight – it was really being worked on – where my driver's speed increased by 5, 6 miles per hour , which rarely happens to anyone, not to mention someone in forty years, "he said. "This has led me to be quite optimistic this year.
" I think it will lead to some positive things. If you're going to be upset by the tee, you're sure it will be better to be long and this is a little bit of the way I'm trying to approach you. & # 39; & # 39;
Mickelson now has a second place at the Desert Classic and one win out of four starts this season. A missed cut in Phoenix, said Mickelson, is due in part to an experimentation with a driver who quickly abandoned.
This also led him to enter the Genesis Open this week, which he had not planned to play, before defending a WGC-Mexico championship title next week.
He is now in 17th place in the world and is positioned for a race in another team of the Presidents Cup. This is an extraordinary turning point after the last place in the Tour Championship and the poor performance of the Ryder Cup.
Undoubtedly Mickelson will be subject to considerable conjecture when the golf world returns to Pebble Beach in June for the 119th performance of the US Open. , the eldest who defines Lefty's futility attacks more than anything else. Six runner-ups finish, some in the most excruciating manner, punctuate his career, the tournament keeps him away from a Grand Slam career.
No one has ever won a major league at the age where Mickelson is now, but then again, not too many players have had the confidence to play two holes essentially blindfolded – as he wanted to do to finish this Sunday evening instead of Monday morning.
The course will be completely different in June, with the highest roughs and the firmer greens and no amateur to take the edge of the proceedings. But that speech is for a different day.
Pebble, of course, would provide perfect symmetry for such a triumph. That's where he started his professional career at the 1992 US Open. And it's where he turns 49 on the last day of the US in 2019.
A dream? Maybe. But you can bet that Mickelson sees such a scenario play as clear as day.