No white flag for Day at wet Pebble Beach

No white flag for Day at wet Pebble Beach

Paul Casey opened a three-stroke lead over Phil Mickelson after the third round of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Saturday, a cushion the Englishman hopes will be enough to prevent his American rival from winning the storied tournament a fifth time.

Mickelson looked likely to have a healthy lead at the halfway stage until he bogeyed three of his last four holes at Spyglass Hill and settled for a 68 which got him to 10 under, while Casey managed to complete a seven-under 64 on the Monterey Peninsula course before play was abandoned for the day.

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 was part of the celebrity rotation at Pebble and put on a show on the back nine, stuffing a wedge to 3 feet on No. 13, and following with a 4-iron to 4 feet on the par-5 14th hole for eagle. He wound up making double bogey, and then after a three-putt bogey from the wrong side of the 17th green, Spieth pulled his tee shot into the ocean on the 18th hole for another double bogey and a 74.

"It was going to bite me at some point", Spieth said.

Romo, a scratch golfer, and Furyk paired to shoot 70 at Spyglass Hill and 65 at Pebble Beach over the first two rounds, well behind the leaders in a tie for 53rd place at 9-under as play began Saturday.

"I am having a blast", said Casey, who has 18 pro victories but only two on the PGA Tour, the last in the 2018 Valspar Championship to end a nine-year drought on the USA circuit. "Obviously Paul is playing some great golf".

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

Strong winds and an occasional rain squall made for testing conditions on Saturday, and Casey acknowledged that the weather created an element of luck. "But I've got a good chance going into tomorrow".