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Casey leads Mickelson by three at Pebble Beach

12 February 2019

Paul Casey was far away from all the antics at Pebble Beach and quietly put together another solid round for a 5-under 67 that gave him a three-shot lead over Phil Mickelson going into the final day of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Jason Day has fallen back off the lead during tough conditions that forced a six-hour round on day three at the Pebble Beach Pro Am.

Casey, who won his first PGA Tour title since 2009 at the Valspar Championship in March past year, made gains on the fourth, seventh, ninth, 11th, 14th and 15th and had just one blemish on the sixth. "It was very hard but I was able to come back when it cleared up".

"I am having a blast", Casey said.

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

"I've got a good chance going into tomorrow", added Mickelson, who will be playing in the final group on Sunday for the second time in his last three starts.

Casey, coming off a runner-up finish in the Singapore Open in January, said that performance at Sentosa Golf Club had energized him.

"I stand firm on what I said", Casey said. "You just have to cross your fingers and hope you're at the right part of the course at the right time", he said. "I've always loved Pebble - how could you not?"

Lucas Glover and Scott Piercy are T-3 at 11 under while Brian Gay and Matt Every are T-5 at 10 under.

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.

Langley dropped back to nine under after a one-over 73 at Pebble Beach while Spieth joined McDowell on seven under after dropping three shots in his final two holes at the same venue.

Seeking his first victory since 2017, former world number one Spieth - who returned on Saturday morning to complete his second round after rain and wind hit the event on Friday - posted a two-over-par 74 in the penultimate round.

Casey leads Mickelson by three at Pebble Beach