Casey leads Mickelson by three at Pebble Beach
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Casey leads Mickelson by three at Pebble Beach

England's Paul Casey fired six birdies in a five-under par 65 on Saturday to pull away to a three-stroke lead over five-time major winner Phil Mickelson at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Paul Casey
Photo: AFP Paul Casey of England plays his second shot on the ninth hole during the third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at Spyglass Hill Golf Course on February 09, 2019 in Pebble Beach, California.

Casey played at Spyglass Hill, one of three courses in use over the first three rounds, and after a birdie and bogey on the front nine he birdied five holes coming in.

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.
Mickelson, among the leaders starting the round, was even for the day through nine after three bogeys and three birdies.
After a second straight bogey at the 10th, he rallied with a birdie at the 13th, where he landed a wedge three feet from the pin, and an eagle at the par-five 14th - where he stuck his second shot within four feet.
Mickelson, who made his 500th career cut on Saturday, could join Mark O'Meara as the only five-time winners of the event, Mickelson's most recent triumph coming in 2012.
Americans Scott Piercy and Lucas Glover shared third place on 204. A late bogey at Monterey Peninsula saw Glover drop from 12-under to 11-under 204 after a 70. Piercy carded a 69 at Spyglass.
Jordan Spieth, who was tied for the lead through 16 holes when rain halted the second round on Friday, returned with a late bogey to start the third round one off the pace.

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