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.

"I can see fine," Mickelson told a rules official. "I don't want to put Paul in a bad spot."

Casey was at 15 under, tied with Scott Stallings, who closed with a 66.

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 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.


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... In Australia, Celine Boutier of France won the ISPS Handa Vic Open for her first LPGA Tour title, shooting an even-par 72 for a two-stroke victory at 13th Beach Golf Links.

Boutier finished at 8-under 281 to become the fourth French winner in LPGA Tour history. The 25-year-old former Duke player also won the Ladies European Tour's 2017 Sanya Ladies Open and 2018 Australian Ladies Classic Bonville. Australians Sarah Kemp (65) and Su Oh (74) and England's Charlotte Thomas (69) tied for second. Third-round leader Kim Kaufman had a 78 to tie for eighth at 4 under.

PRO HOCKEY

Hellebuyck lifts Jets

Goalie Connor Hellebuyck initially took exception to the suggestion of the Jets being in a slump before being reminded their 0-2-1 skid had been Winnipeg's longest of the season.

"Yeah, that's a good point," Hellebuyck said. "I don't know if I'd use that term (slump). Let's keep the fans happy and excited about this one, and excited about where we're going."

Hellebuyck, an ex-UMass Lowell star, made 35 saves and Blake Wheeler scored the go-ahead goal with 3:55 left in turning the Jets back in the right direction with an efficient 3-1 victory over the host Buffalo Sabres.

North Chelmsford native Jack Eichel scored and Carter Hutton, another former UML goaltender, had 26 saves for Buffalo. Eichel extended his point streak to five games, in which he has two goals and four assists.

The Anaheim Ducks fired coach Randy Carlyle amid a seven-game losing streak. The Ducks announced that general manager Bob Murray would take over as interim coach for the remainder of the regular season. Anaheim will name a new coach following the season. Carlyle, 62, the winningest coach in Ducks history, was in his second stint with Anaheim. He led the team to the Stanley Cup in 2007 and three appearances in the Western Conference Final (2006, 2007, 2017).

GENERAL

Byron gains Daytona pole

William Byron put Hendrick Motorsports in a familiar position: on the pole for the Daytona 500. His bigger goal is to make the starting spot pay dividends for the NASCAR powerhouse.

The 21-year-old Byron and 25-year-old teammate Alex Bowman locked in the front row for "The Great American Race" during qualifying laps Sunday at Daytona International Speedway. They comprise the youngest front row in Daytona 500 history.

The American ice dance duo of Madison Chock and Evan Bates gained some huge momentum with the World Championships a month away.

Chock and Bates captured the first major international title of their career at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Anaheim, Calif. They scored 126.25 points during their free dance, which was to a medley of Elvis Presley tunes, and finished with 207.42 points to edge Canadians Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, who totaled 203.93 points.