PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Phil Mickelson put himself on the point of a fifth victory within the AT&T Pebble Seashore pro-am by turning a three-shot deficit right into a three-shot lead when a wild day of climate saved him from ending Sunday.

Mickelson was bogey-free with six birdies, and he made his huge run beginning with a 9-iron to a foot behind the cup on the par-Four ninth. That was begin of a five-hole stretch when Mickelson made three birdies and Paul Casey had two bogeys.

About the one factor that didn’t go Mickelson’s manner was the timing.

The ultimate spherical began an hour late due to rain, after which it was delayed two extra hours when sunshine gave technique to a hail storm in a matter of minutes, protecting the placing greens in a sheet of white.

Mickelson was at 18-under par by 16 holes. Casey had a 3-foot par putt on the identical gap when Mickelson tried to foyer for them to complete, even at the hours of darkness.

“I can see advantageous,” Mickelson instructed a guidelines official. “I don’t need to put Paul in a foul spot.”

Mickelson must return at eight a.m. Monday to play the final two holes.

Casey was at 15 beneath, tied with Scott Stallings, who closed with a 66. Together with an outdoor likelihood at forcing a playoff, ending alone in second as an alternative of a tie is a distinction of $152,000, together with world rating factors and FedEx Cup factors. Casey and FedEx government Don Colleran had a one-shot lead within the pro-am.

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“I don’t see how we will end,” Casey stated as they walked up the 16th fairway. “We are able to’t end two holes in six minutes. I’d wish to.”

Mickelson was standing on the 17th tee when he heard the horn sound to cease play, and he shook his head.

The remainder of his day was much better than the climate.


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