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Mickelson eyes 5th victory at Pebble, Masters momentum

Phil Mickelson current official PGA TOUR headshot. (Photo by: Caryn Levy/PGA TOUR)

Phil Mickelson current official PGA TOUR headshot.
(Photo by: Caryn Levy/PGA TOUR)

Final Round Update – PGA Tour – AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am – Pebble Beach Golf Links – Pebble Beach, CA–

At age 45, this could be a crowning moment in the many crowning moments of Phil Mickelson’s career.

Already a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, Mickelson is trying to snap a winless streak and declare himself a legitimate contender for the Masters in April if he close the deal Sunday and capture the PGA Tour’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Mickelson has blown his share of opportunities, but how many can be waiting around the corner. Phil won his last event a couple of years ago at the Open Championship.

Mickelson carded a 66 Saturday at Pebble Beach to take the 54-hole lead into the final round. At 16-under, he leads Japan’s Hiroshi Iwata by two shots. The duo tees off Pebble Beach Golf Links at 9:50 a.m. local time with the world watching.

This being the first Sunday without the National Football League since August, more eyes will be on Phil along with thousands of fans on site as Lefty tries to win at Pebble Beach for the 5th time. He is already the all-time money list leader for the West CoastPGA TOUR Swing – a part of the scheduler where he typically ramps up his game for the first major of the year in Augusta, Georgia.

South Korea’s Sunghoon Kang and Freddie Jacobson sit T-3 at 13-under. The three closest contenders have a pinky’s worth of experience in big moments compared to Phil. At T-5 and 12-under could be the threats. Younger players – Jonas Blixt and Roberto Castro – are hungry, but would need a low round and some help to contend.

Saturday produced low rounds as Jimmy Walker fired 9-under-63 to move up to T-11. He is tied with Padraig Harrington, Justin Rose and Bill Haas.

Jason Day, World No. 3, is T-8 at 10-under. Jordan Spieth failed to mount a charge but made the 54-hole cut at 1-under. He starts the final round at T-54 alongside Dustin Johnson – both were betting favorites heading into the week.

At William Hill, Phil was listed at 20-to-1 odds to win the title, while Jacobson would be a big payout at 60-1.

Other Golf news:

  • Charl Schwartzel (16-under) won the Tshwane Open in dominating fashion. The former Masters champ shot 63 in the final round to win by eight shots. It marked his second win on the European Tour this season.
  • Bernhard Langer (16-under) takes a seven-shot against Scott Dunlap and KennyChampions Tour Perry into Sunday’s final round at the Champions Tour’s Chubb Classic in Naples, Florida. Langer captured season-long Charles Schwab Cup last season.
  • Rolex Ranking World No. 1 Lydia Ko won the Ladies European Tour’s New Zealand Open.
  • The LPGA Tour co-hosts the ISPA Handa Women’s Australian Open next week, while the PGA Tour wraps up the West Coast Swing at Riviera for the Northern Trust Open.