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Walker coasts to 6-shot lead, eyes win at Pebble Beach

Final Day Update – PGA Tour – AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am – Pebble Beach Golf Links (Host Course) – Pebble Beach, California –

Weather continues to play a role in the PGA Tour’s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

The conditions are not bothering Jimmy Walker who tops of the leader board at 13-under overall after completing a third-round 67 at Monterey Peninsula’s course.

The third round is finished up Sunday morning – as rain and high winds slowed down play on the California coast. The cut will be made after completing the third round.

Walker is eyeing his third victory in his last eight starts. He won the Frys.com to tee off the wrap-around season in October and then backed it up at the Sony Open in January. Hunter Mahan and New Zealand’s Tim Wilkinson sit T-2 at 7-under.

Phil Mickelson headlines a group at T-5 at 5-under including Kevin Na, Ryan Palmer and Pat Perez.

Jordan Speith, a 36-hole co-leader, needs to finish up this third round Sunday morning. He is 5-over through 15 holes playing Pebble Beach, slipping back to T-11 at the moment.

Windy conditions are expected Sunday at Pebble Beach Golf Links – a course that has crippled final-round leaders in the past. There have been plenty of big comebacks at this venue, but Walker’s game seems stable enough to close out the victory.

Walker, who is No. 35 in the Official World Golf Ranking, was a 25-to-1 betting pick this week at Skybet.com heading into Pebble Beach. He has just one bogey in 54 holes this week.

Other Golf News:

  • George Coeztee (18-under) won his maiden European Tour victory capturing the Joburg Open in South Africa. Coeztee shot 66 in the final round. Alvaro Quiros was T-5 along with Thomas Aiken, the 54-hole leader. Aiken finished 63-74 on the weekend.
  • Cheyenne Woods (16-under) won the Ladies European Tour’s Volvik RACV Ladies Masters. Jessica Korda, who won the first event of the season on the LPGA Tour, finished T-8, while former Rolex Ranking No. 1 Yani Tseng was T-10.
  • Walker, who is a 35-year-old tour veteran, appears destined for a Ryder Cup slot on the U.S. Team. The competition takes place in Scotland in late September.
  • Coetzee had runner-up finishes in each of the last three seasons on the European Tour. He was ranked 74th coming into the event and a 9-1 betting selection at Skybet.com.
  • Michael Allen (15-under) leads the Champions Tour’s Allianz Championship by a shot heading into the final round.