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Mickelson stalking lead at Pebble Beach

ATT Pebble Beach (1)Weekend Preview – PGA Tour – AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am – Pebble Beach Golf Links – Pebble Beach, CA–

Third round tees times have been delayed by morning fog on Monterey Peninsula at the PGA Tour’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Japan’s Hiroshi Iwata and South Korea’s Sunghoon Kang turned some heads with great second rounds to find themselves tied for the 36-hole lead.

The duo is 11-under with one more round before the 54-hole cut.

The tournament features a three-course rotation including Spyglass Golf Club, Monterey Peninsula Country Club and Pebble Beach Golf Links. Everyone plays all three before the cut. Pebble hosts Sunday’s final round.

The tournament was buzzing as Hall of Fame and California favorite Phil Mickelson made a Friday charge up the leader board shooting 65. He is T-4 at 10-under alongside tour veteran Freddie Jacobson and first-round leader Chez Reavie, who was T-4 a few weeks ago at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose is alone in 6th place at 9-under. There are several players expected to make a

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)

Saturday run sitting at 6-under and five back including Jason Day and Patrick Reed.

Most eyes will be on Mickelson has the most wins of all current players on the West Coast Swing. He was T-3 in La Quinta a few weeks ago. But, Kang was the low round Friday carding a 60 with nine birdies and an eagle. The 28-year-old from South Korea is an eight-year pro.

Look for the 35-year-old Iwata, who opened 66-66, to hang around with his experience. But, still he and Kang were long shots heading into Pebble. At William Hill, Phil was listed at 20-to-1 odds to win and Rose at 25-1. Jacobson would be a big payout at 60-1, if he can stay in the mix.

Expect a changing leader board and big swings Saturday as players play the third different course in as many days.

Other Golf news:

  • Jordan Spieth is T-36 at 3-under but several other high-profile players need a solid Saturday to make the cut including Dustin Johnson, Shane Lowry, Jimmy Walker and defending champion Brandt Snedeker. All are T-72 with only the low 60 and ties earning a Sunday tee time.
  • europeantourlogo15Charl Schwartzel (9-under) leads the European Tour’s Tshwane Open at Petroia Country Club in Waterkloof, South Africa by a single shot.
  • Bernhard Langer (10-under-62) quickly showed he has adjusted to the new ban on anchored putting. He leads the Champions Tour’s Chubb Classic in Naples, Florida through 18 holes.
  • Rolex Ranking World No. 1 Lydia Ko tops the leader board at the Ladies European Tour’s New Zealand Open at 8-under through three rounds. She takes a one-shot advantage into the final round Sunday. The LPGA Tour co-hosts the ISPA Handa Women’s Australian Open next week.