England’s Paul Casey took control of the leaderboard Saturday at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, posting a 5-under 67 at Spyglass Hill Golf Course for a three-shot lead over Phil Mickelson after three rounds.
Casey, 41, took the lead midway through his round Saturday, draining a long birdie putt on the par-4 ninth to move ahead of the field and turn at 2-under on the front. He got up and down for birdie at the par-5, No. 11, followed by birdies at 14 and 15 before finishing with three straight pars and a 15-under 200 total.
Casey, No. 56 in the FedEx Cup rankings, started the day in a four-way tie for the lead with Mickelson, Scott Langley and Lucas Glover after posting the low round of the day Friday with a 7-under 64 at Monterey Peninsula Country Club.
Mickelson, who shot a 2-under 70 and is alone in second place at 12-under, struggled through 10 holes at Pebble Beach. The 48-year-old balanced bogeys at Nos. 1, 5, 9 and 10 with birdies at 2, 4 and 6. He recovered some momentum thanks to a short birdie putt at the par-4, No. 13 followed by an eagle-3 on the par-5 14 after his fairway approach shot landed 3 feet from the hole.
Glover, who is tied for third at 11 under with American Scott Piercy (69, Spyglass), gutted out a 1-under 70 at Monterey Peninsula on Saturday despite four bogeys on his card. He started on the back side, posting a string of four straight birdies on holes 14-17 that kept him in the hunt. A birdie at No. 8, his 17th hole of the day, put him briefly into a tie with Mickelson for second place, but a bogey 4 on the par-3 ninth dropped him back into a tie for third.
Piercy had four birdies and one bogey in his round.
Tied for fifth at 10 under were Americans Brian Gay (69, Pebble Beach) and Matt Every (69, Pebble Beach).
Jordan Spieth, who started the third round one shot behind the leaders, posted a 2-over 74 at Pebble Beach and fell back to a tie for 18th place at 7 under.
Casey, who shot 3-under 69 on Thursday at Pebble Beach, will tee it up at Pebble on Sunday in an effort to secure his third PGA Tour win since joining the tour in 2004. He won the 2018 Valspar Championship last March, beating Patrick Reed and Tiger Woods by a shot in the final round. His first PGA victory was at the 2009 Shell Houston Open. He has 14 international titles on his resume.
Mickelson, a four-time winner of the event, has finished runner-up twice in the last three years (2016, 2018).
Langer leads Champions
Germany’s Bernhard Langer closed the second round with his second eagle of the day to shoot 4-under-par 68 on Saturday and take a one-stroke lead entering the final round of the Oasis Championship in Boca Raton, Fla.
Langer, who would claim the top spot on the PGA Tour Champions’ all-time money list with a victory, is at 12-under 132 through two rounds, just ahead of Marco Dawson, who shot 67 on Saturday.
Brandt Jobe (65) and David Toms (67) share third place at 10 under, with Bob Estes (68), Tom Byrum (69), Woody Austin (70) and first-round leader Jesper Parnevik (72) of Sweden tied for fifth at 9 under.
Langer had an odd day, opening with six straight pars before his only birdie of the round at No. 7. He also made one bogey -- at No. 17 -- but compensated by making eagles on both of the back nine’s par 5s, Nos. 11 and 18. At the 18th, he needed just an 8-iron to reach the green in two, dropping it to about 15 feet before sinking the downhill putt to claim the outright lead. It was Langer’s first round with two eagles since 2013.
Coming off of his fifth Charles Schwab Cup Championship, Langer tied for third place at the first event of the year, the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, two weeks ago in Hawaii. He enters the final round with the lead for the 40th time in his career on the tour, having converted 23 of his previous 39 opportunities, including 18 of 27 solo leads, into victories.
Langer, who also won the Oasis Championship in 2010, has made $26,941,504 in his career on the Champions Tour, trailing Hale Irwin by $179,050 for the top spot all-time. The winner of the $1.7 million event this weekend will earn $255,000.