Paul Casey slips into three-shot lead in California

Phil Mickelson surged up the leaderboard during the second round of the Pebble Beach Pro Am tournament

England veteran Casey shot an impressive 67 at the hard Spyglass Hill course to climb to 15-under the card, earning a three-shot lead over Phil Mickelson (70).

His closest competitor and four-time victor at this event, Phil Mickelson, moved to 12 under at Pebble Beach after mixing four birdies with four bogeys before taking advantage of the par-five 14th for an eagle to get to two-under for the day.

Scott Piercy totaled 69 at Pebble and is four back in a tie for third with Lucas Glover, who closed his 70 at Monterey Peninsula Country Club www.mpccpb.org with a bogey on the ninth hole, while first-round co-leader Brian Gay finished with a 69 at Pebble Beach and is another shot down in a tie for fifth with Matt Every, who had also had a 69 at Pebble.

Case in point, this shot on Pebble Beach's fourth hole during Saturday's third round.

Mickelson was part of the celebrity rotation at Pebble Beach and put on a show on the back nine, stuffing a wedge to 3 feet on No. 13, and following with a 4-iron to 4 feet on the par-5 14th hole for eagle.

Jason Day, who was a runner-up to Ted Potter previous year along with Mickelson and Dustin Johnson, was one over after 10 holes in his second round at Spyglass Hill, but the Australian then reeled off four birdies in five holes and still has three to play on Saturday morning.

"I thought anything in the 60s was going to be a heck of a round, and I was one shy", Mickelson said.

"I am having a blast", Casey said. "So I've been able to make a few more birdies on some of these holes". Casey is an ambassador for UNICEF and has the logo on his golf bag, which he displayed on an Instagram post to confirm he was not playing.

He's three shots behind Casey at 12-under for the week and in solo second entering the final round. "He's going to be tough to catch".

Casey, who is chasing a third PGA Tour win, cut a swathe through the field, jumping almost 30 spots after his round at Monterey Peninsula.

Former US Open victor Lucas Glover (70) and fellow American Scott Piercy (69) share third at 11 under.

Jordan Spieth, the 2017 champion, was at 10 under through 16 holes when play was suspended for the day due to heavy rain.

"It's tricky on occasions, but you have to embrace it", Casey said.

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