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).
–Field Level Media