Mickelson finally got his season on track by closing with a 6-under 66 to tie the 72-hole tournament scoring record, win for the 30th time in his career and become only the third player in PGA Tour history to surpass $40 million in earnings. Determined to become a better driver, Mickelson was all that and more on a surprisingly sunny afternoon. He missed only one fairway, turned a tight race into a runaway with three birdies in a four-hole stretch along the ocean and emerged again as a threat whenever – and wherever – he tees it up. “Winning today gives me satisfaction,” Mickelson said. “I believe I can take what happened at Winged Foot and make it a plus for the rest of my career. I think I’m going to be a better driver of the golf ball for the rest of my career. At least, that’s the goal.” That’s what he did in the final round, and no one else had a chance. And while his five-shot victory Sunday in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am was hardly a case of redemption, it at least changed the conversation about him from the past to his potential. Those worried about emotional scars from his double bogey on the final hole at Winged Foot can relax. So complete was his performance at Pebble that Mickelson was among the top five in driving accuracy, greens in regulation, putting and driving distance. The five-shot victory matched the largest margin since Bing Crosby started this tournament in 1937. The only drama came on the par-3 fifth hole when Mickelson hit a 6-iron he thought would be short. It caught a gust and flew over the green and into shin-high grass, never to be found and sending him to a double bogey. Six holes later, he had a four-shot lead and was sailing toward a 20-under 268 total, tying the record set by Mark O’Meara in 1997. Kevin Sutherland missed a half-dozen putts inside 8 feet, but his birdie on the 18th hole gave him a 71 and second place alone. He spent so much time being asked about Mickelson that he finally grinned and said, “A lot of questions I’ve gotten today feel like U.S. Open code.” “Phil’s game hasn’t gone anywhere,” Sutherland said. It was the 11th time in 15 seasons that Mickelson won on the West Coast Swing, and the timing couldn’t have been better. He started his season slowly, and missing the cut last week in Phoenix turned up the talk on whether he would find his game. Now, he looks as if he’s about to hit his stride. “This is exciting,” Mickelson said. “I’ve gotten off to a good start. It gives me momentum, and I can’t wait for next week and the upcoming majors. I’m really excited about the year.” Sutherland fell out of contention by missing consecutive birdie putts inside 8 feet on the seventh and eighth holes, then hitting a 9-iron over the green at No. 9 and taking double bogey. John Mallinger, a 27-year-old rookie and Long Beach State alum, shot 71 and finished third. Mallinger acquitted himself nicely in only his eighth career start on tour, and first time in contention. He didn’t made bogey until the 11th hole, but fell too far behind with a three-putt from 12 feet on the par-5 14th. That left Mickelson another casual stroll down the 18th fairway, the blue ocean to his left, the sunshine casting long shadows on the emerald green fairways. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PEBBLE BEACH – Phil Mickelson waited until late last year, when his clubs were collecting dust during a three-month break from golf, to reflect on a U.S. Open meltdown at Winged Foot that suddenly seemed to overshadow all his achievements. Instead of sulking, he found a solution.