Casey leads Mickelson at Pebble Beach

Aubrey Yates
February 11, 2019

The 54-hole cut has been made at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and Englishman Paul Casey has opened up a three-shot lead over four-time victor of the event Phil Mickelson with Scott Piercy and Lucas Glover another shot back and sharing 3rd place.

"I just have to play a good solid round", Mickelson said. He also made a tough save on the par-3 17th and shot a 2-under 70, giving him a good chance to match Mark O'Meara's record of five AT&T Pebble Beach titles.

Tony Romo, whose shot from the deck of a hospitality tent went viral on Friday, has withdrawn from the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am on Saturday. He's now eight shots back and T-18 at 7 under for the week.

Mickelson, who hit every fairway in his first round for the first time in nearly 21 years, made a strong start to day two in the cool and damp conditions as he birdied the long 11th - his second - and then hit a remarkable three-wood to eight feet from the trees at the par-five 14th, although he mis-read the eagle putt and tapped in for birdie.

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Americans Scott Piercy, with just one bogey at Spyglass Hill, and Lucas Glover, who recovered from two bogeys on his front nine to rattle off four straight birdies before the turn at Monterey Peninsula, were in the clubhouse on 11 under. "Obviously Paul is playing some great golf".

He is more interested in what he can accomplish Sunday at a tournament that, with reasonable weather and an enjoyable amateur partner, he has come to enjoy. They have a four-shot lead in the pro-am. The 41-year-old Englishman is looking for his third career PGA Tour win coming off last year's victory at the Valspar Championship.

Now he has Mickelson, who three weeks ago finished one shot behind in the Desert Classic.

The wind was strong enough off the Pacific that he had only a 4-iron into the 14th, and it never left the flag, leaving a tap-in eagle.

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