Phil Mickelson leads by three as play halted at Pebble Seashore

Phil Mickelson turned a three-shot deficit in opposition to Paul Casey right into a three-shot lead. (Supply: USA TODAY Sports activities)

Phil Mickelson held a three-shot lead on 18-under par with two holes remaining as darkness halted play within the weather-hit ultimate spherical of the Pebble Seashore Professional-Am on Sunday.

Scott Stallings (66) was within the clubhouse on 15-under 272, tied for second with Mickelson’s enjoying companion and in a single day chief Paul Casey. Jason Day (68) and Kim Si-woo (68) have been two strokes additional again on 13-under 274.

After a late morning hailstorm delayed play by greater than two hours, Mickelson wasted no time in making up the three-shot deficit to Casey.

The 48-year-old American picked up three strokes in his first 9 holes, then three extra coming dwelling to place him in pole place for the Monday end.

“It’s been a fantastic day to this point (however) it’s not over, we’ve obtained to complete it off,” Mickelson mentioned. “I don’t need to leap the gun and look forward. I’ve obtained two troublesome holes developing.”

With the sunshine failing on Sunday, Casey opted in opposition to attempting to get the event completed.

“I get precisely the place Paul is coming from,” Mickelson mentioned.

“It’s darkish and we now have an opportunity to come back out tomorrow on recent greens. I’ve fairly good imaginative and prescient, I’m enjoying nicely and I needed to proceed.”

After an early birdie, Casey struggled to make something occur. He was on even par for the spherical when play was suspended.

“There’s nonetheless a glimmer,” Casey mentioned of his probabilities. “I have to do one thing particular.”

13 of Mickelson’s 43 PGA Tour victories have are available his dwelling state of California. With a victory, he would match Mark O’Meara’s report of 5 victories within the occasion, which dates again to 1937 when it was received by Sam Snead.

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