Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Casey leads Mickelson by 3 shots

Casey leads Mickelson by 3 shots

He sits six shots behind clubhouse leader Paul Casey, with the England veteran shooting an impressive 67 at the hard Spyglass Hill course to climb to 15-under the card. He had a 2-under 70.

The four-time champion picked up further shots at 17 and 18 to turn in 32, and after missing out on another at the par-five first, he atoned with a pair of twos at the third and fifth before three wayward tee shots led to bogeys on each of the next three holes.

"I don't have to do anything insane tomorrow to win the tournament, I would say", Day said. "I didn't necessarily deserve to be a couple under par at the time, and so it ended up kind of haunting me there".

Mickelson did at least get one back at his final hole to close on 10 under, a score that was soon matched by 2009 US Open champion Lucas Glover when he carded an impressive 66 at Pebble Beach, while Scott Langley made it a three-way tie at the top after handing in a steady 69 at Spyglass Hill.

He was on the original list of commitments without his approval, and said he was never going. "Obviously Paul is playing some great golf".

"It's tricky on occasions, but you have to embrace it", Casey said.

He is more interested in what he can accomplish Sunday at a tournament that, with reasonable weather and an enjoyable amateur partner, he has come to enjoy.

But 54-hole leads have not been friendly to him.

Mickelson eventually tapped in for a birdie, and the 48-year-old remains in the hunt for his first PGA Tour win since last year's WGC-Mexico Championship.

Now he has Mickelson, who three weeks ago finished one shot behind in the Desert Classic. 9 and 10, and then recovered brilliantly.

"I actually thought it was a successful round", said Mickelson, who said the sometimes-heavy showers made the going tough at times. "I'm looking forward to it".

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