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Paul Casey is 18 holes away from his third career PGA Tour victory after signing a 67 in the third round of the National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach 2019 on Saturday.
Casey is under 15 years old strokes in front of Phil Mickelson. Some players were forced to play extra holes after the rain in the Pebble Beach area of California, which won the second round.
The weather had no impact on Casey's performance. He finished the day in the same position he had started.
Here is the top of the standings before the finals, via PGATour.com:
1. Paul Casey (under 15)
2. Phil Mickelson (-12)
T3. Lucas Glover (-11)
T3. Scott Piercy (-11)
T5. Brian Gay (-10)
T5. Matt Every (-10)
T7. Rafa Cabrera Bello (-9)
T7. Russell Knox (-9)
T7. Jonathan Byrd (-9)
T7. If Woo Kim (-9)
T7. Scott Langley (-9)
T7. Jason Day (-9)
T7. Scott Stallings (-9)
Playing on Spyglass Hill's third lap course, Casey looked as comfortable as Pebble Beach Golf Links and the Monterey Peninsula Country Club.
The native of England only hit two bogeyys on 54 holes. His short match was particularly effective on Saturday:
Leader by 2 @ATTProAm: @Paul_Casey
He sails to Spyglass Hill today.
Casey has been trying to find consistency this season. The 41-year-old has not finished in the top 10 of five PGA tournaments and missed the cup in his last appearance at the Sony Open in January. He set everything up for three rounds this week, putting pressure on the rest of the field.
Mickelson is a player ready to challenge Casey. Lefty missed an opportunity to have exclusive possession of the head Friday after bugging three of his last four holes to fall in a tie with Casey.
Mickelson showed some of his best and worst tricks in the third round, although he overcame an erratic start to stay on Casey's heels. His best shot is on the 14th hole of normal five with this eagle putt:
Draw a perfect line. 😍🦅
@PhilMickelson does the eagle.
There is T2 at @ATTProAm.
After missing the cut last week at the Phoenix Open, Mickelson hopes to end his drought that lasts only 11 months and goes back to the WGC-Mexico championship in March 2018.
While Mickelson continues to top the table, Jordan Spieth has probably cost a chance to win with a 1-2 over 74.
Starting the day tied for fifth place, Spieth played well in the first 12 holes. He had two under the round (less than nine) before moving to No. 13. Texas gave two shots with a double bogey on that hole.
Things got worse for Spieth before he entered the club. He went three times on the last two holes thanks to a bogey on No. 17 and another double bogey on No. 18:
A double bug for Jordan Spieth at the 18th hole of Pebble Beach.
He finished the third round with eight shots from behind. https://t.co/imzYRvkIeS
Spieth will start the final round with eight shots at seven under par. His 74 Saturday is his worst single round score of the season. He could also finish this week-end outside the top 10 for the 10th consecutive edition of the PGA, which dates back to August 2018.
A fun part of Pebble Beach's National Pro-Am is to see top-level amateur players on the course as well.
Since Tony Romo was forced to withdraw Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals receiver, took over for NFL players after competing Saturday at home.
Touchdown, @ LarryFitzgerald! 🏈
The wide receiver @AZCardinals has a game. ⛳
Fitzgerald and his playing partner, Kevin Streelman, shot together for a total of under 66 on Saturday. When the 35-year-old moves away from the NFL, he is already resigned with the Cardinals coming back in 2019, he will have no problem making the transition to a career on the links if he wants one.
Sunday, however, announces itself as Casey's coronation on the PGA Tour. He ended a nine-year drought without a win in 2018 at the Valspar Championship. An additional lap in line with what he has done in the last three days will ensure his third victory since becoming a professional in 2000.