PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Paul Casey quietly put collectively one other strong spherical Saturday for a five-under-par 67 that gave him a three-shot lead over Phil Mickelson going into the ultimate day of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Casey had 4 birdies over his final 10 holes at Spyglass Hill in a mixture of rain, solar and wind. He completed at 15-under 200, the fourth time on the tour had he has led going into the ultimate spherical.
“I am having a blast,” Casey mentioned.
Mickelson was a part of the superstar rotation at Pebble Beach and placed on a present on the again 9, stuffing a wedge to 3 ft on No. 13, and following with a Four-iron to Four ft on the par-5 14th gap for eagle. He additionally made a tricky save on the par-3 17th and shot a two-under 70, giving him a superb likelihood to match Mark O’Meara’s file of 5 Pebble Beach titles.
Casey and Mickelson have carried out their finest with so many pictures to again pins, usually set to the best level on the three programs to keep away from any saturation from the hit-and-miss rain.
“The little half-shots to get back to some of these pins, a lot of guys struggle with and it’s been a strength of my game,” Mickelson mentioned. “So I’ve been able to make a few more birdies on some of these holes.”
The climate once more was hit or miss. The spherical began underneath a blue sky with patches of clouds that quickly took goal at the Monterey Peninsula, dropped temperatures by some 10 levels and introduced sufficient rain to make it harder than common.
But that wasn’t what stopped Jordan Spieth.
He was tied for the lead after a birdie on the par-3 fifth gap and remained in vary till he pulled his tee shot so badly on the 13th gap that he didn’t know the place it was till it was noticed 140 yards behind the place he was wanting, underneath a cluster of bushes. He wound up making double bogey. After a three-putt bogey on the 17th, Spieth pulled his tee shot into the ocean on the 18th gap for an additional double bogey and a 74. He went from being within the combine to eight pictures behind.
“It was going to bite me at some point,” Spieth mentioned. “I didn’t necessarily deserve to be a couple under par at the time, and so it ended up kind of haunting me there.”
Leads after 54 holes haven’t been pleasant to Casey, who’s Zero-3 with the lead going into the ultimate spherical on the tour. On Sunday, he will probably be making an attempt to fend off Mickelson, who three weeks in the past completed one shot behind within the Desert Classic. Mickelson had consecutive bogeys because the wind and rain had been at its worst alongside the coastal holes of Nos. 9 and 10, however then recovered brilliantly.
The wind was sturdy sufficient off the Pacific that he used a Four-iron on his strategy at the 14th, and it by no means left the flag, leaving a tap-in eagle.
“I thought anything in the 60s was going to be a heck of a round, and I was one shy,” Mickelson mentioned. “But I’ve got a good chance going into tomorrow. I’m looking forward to it.”