Casey leads by 3 over Mick­el­son at AT&T

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Sports - BY DOUG FER­GU­SON

Paul Casey was far away from all the an­tics and qui­etly put to­gether an­other solid round Satur­day 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.

Casey had four birdies over his last 10 holes at Spy­glass Hill in a mix­ture of rain, sun­shine and wind. He fin­ished at 15un­der 200, the fourth time on the PGA Tour had he has led go­ing into the fi­nal round.

“I am hav­ing a blast,” Casey said.

Mick­el­son was part of the celebrity ro­ta­tion at Peb­ble Beach 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 also made a tough save on the par-3 17th and shot a 2-un­der 70, giv­ing him a good chance to match Mark O’Meara’s record of five AT&T Peb­ble Beach ti­tles.

Casey and Mick­el­son have done their best with so many shots to back pins, typ­i­cally set to the high­est point on the three cour­ses to avoid any sat­u­ra­tion from the hit-and­miss rain.

“The lit­tle half-shots to get back to some of these pins, a lot of guys strug­gle with and it’s been a strength of my game,” Mick­el­son said. “So I’ve been able to make a few more birdies on some of these holes.”

The weather again was hit-and-miss, though the tour­na­ment man­aged to get in 54 holes.

Jordan Spi­eth was tied for the lead after a birdie on the par-3 fifth hole and re­mained in range of Casey un­til Spi­eth pulled his tee shot so badly on the 13th hole that he didn’t know where it was un­til it was spotted 140 yards be­hind where he was look­ing, un­der a clus­ter of trees. 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. He went from be­ing in the mix to eight shots be­hind.


Paul Casey, of Eng­land, waves after putting on the 18th green of the Spy­glass Hill Golf Course dur­ing the third round of the AT&T Peb­ble Beach Pro-Am golf tour­na­ment Satur­day, Feb. 9, 2019, in Peb­ble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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