Casey Leads Att Pebble Beach But Day Not Without Hope

Phil Mickelson surged up the leaderboard during the second round of the Pebble Beach Pro Am tournament

Phil Mickelson surged up the leaderboard during the second round of the Pebble Beach Pro Am tournament

Paul Casey claimed the solo lead going into the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in California, with Graeme McDowell eight shots adrift of the Englishman.

With everyone having played all three courses, the field will come together at Pebble Beach on Sunday, where Mickelson will no doubt be the gallery favourite.

Casey, who won his first PGA Tour title since 2009 at the Valspar Championship in March previous year, made gains on the fourth, seventh, ninth, 11th, 14th and 15th and had just one blemish on the sixth. "So I've been able to make a few more birdies on some of these holes".

"I thought anything in the 60s was going to be a heck of a round, and I was one shy", Mickelson said.

By making the cut early on Saturday, the five-time major champion has now made 500 cuts in his storied career.

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"Obviously, Paul has a big advantage and I just have to just go out and shoot a low round".

"Conditions are going to be tough", Day said.

Casey, coming off a runner-up finish in the Singapore Open in January, said that performance at Sentosa Golf Club had energized him. "Because of that I'm playing better", said Casey, who was enjoying the Pro-Am experience, which can test the patience of the pros - especially with the kind of soaking weather that has further slowed things this week. "The bit you can't control, the weather, you've just got to cross your fingers and hope you're at the right part of the golf course at the right time". "I've always loved Pebble - how could you not?"

That left him three ahead of Mickelson with Lucas Glover and Scott Piercy in a tie for third place on 11-under after heavy rain delayed the end of the third round.

Jordan Spieth, who won at Pebble two years ago, had the lead at one stage in round three but made two double bogeys on the back nine at Pebble and is tied for 18th after a 74, third-ranked Dustin Johnson, a two-time champion in the tournament, is tied for 47th after a 73 at Pebble, and defending champion Ted Potter Jr. shot 71 at Monterey Peninsula and missed the 54-hole cut by a whopping 10 shots.

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