Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Day stalls in wild weather, but no white flag at Pebble Beach

Day stalls in wild weather, but no white flag at Pebble Beach

Having started the round in a four-way tie for the lead, his 67 gave him a 15-under par total of 200 and a three-shot lead over Mickelson, who carded a two-under par 70 at Pebble Beach for a 12-under total of 203. He will be paired with Casey in the final round, which will be played exclusively at Pebble Beach.

His closest competitor and four-time victor at this event, Phil Mickelson, moved to 12 under at Pebble Beach after mixing four birdies with four bogeys before taking advantage of the par-five 14th for an eagle to get to two-under for the day.

"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 said. "It was very hard but I was able to come back when it cleared up".

It started under a blue sky with patches of clouds that soon took aim at the Monterey Peninsula, dropped temperatures by some 10 degrees and brought enough rain to make it tougher than usual.

Scott Piercy totaled 69 at Pebble and is four back in a tie for third with Lucas Glover, who closed his 70 at Monterey Peninsula Country Club with a bogey on the ninth hole, while first-round co-leader Brian Gay finished with a 69 at Pebble Beach and is another shot down in a tie for fifth with Matt Every, who had also had a 69 at Pebble.

Elsewhere on the course, Jordan Spieth's double-bogey at the 18th dropped him from what would have been a tie for seventh place to a tie for 18th at seven under.

He was on the original list of commitments without his approval, and said he was never going. The 41-year-old Englishman is looking for his third career PGA Tour win coming off last year's victory at the Valspar Championship.

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

"It's tricky on occasions, but you have to embrace it", Casey said. 9 and 10, and then recovered brilliantly. "But I've got a good chance going into tomorrow".

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