Golf Roundup: Casey leads by 3 over Mickelson at Pebble Beach

Tanya Simon
February 12, 2019

Mickelson's 70 at Pebble Beach Golf Links was highlighted by a four-foot eagle putt on the 14th hole after a brilliant approach shot from 238 yards.

Jason Day, who was a runner-up to Ted Potter previous year along with Mickelson and Dustin Johnson, was one over after 10 holes in his second round at Spyglass Hill, but the Australian then reeled off four birdies in five holes and still has three to play on Saturday morning. "It was very hard but I was able to come back when it cleared up".

Three later became four when Casey completed a bogey-free 64 at Monterey Peninsula, the Englishman flying up the leaderboard when he made four birdies and one eagle in a sparkling six-hole run on the back nine, although he managed only one more gain at the sixth as conditions deteriorated.

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

"It was nice to birdie the last, but I hate finishing the round off like that - three bogeys after having a pretty good round going in". "Obviously Paul is playing some great golf".

"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.

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Casey, who is chasing a third PGA Tour win, cut a swathe through the field, jumping almost 30 spots after his round at Monterey Peninsula.

He was in the clubhouse on 10 under, alongside fellow Americans Lucas Glover (66), Scott Langley (69) and England's Paul Casey (64).

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.

"It's tricky on occasions, but you have to embrace it", Casey said. Piercy carded a 69 at Spyglass.

Jordan Spieth, the 2017 champion, was at 10 under through 16 holes when play was suspended for the day due to heavy rain.

He was in the hunt until two double bogeys on the back nine at Pebble Beach left him eight adrift.

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