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Mickelson takes lead at Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Phil Mickelson has his first 54 hole lead since 2013.

Phil Mickelson has his first 54 hole lead since 2013.

For the first time since the 2013 Open Championship, Phil Mickelson leads a PGA Tour event after 54 holes of golf. Mickelson has been doing well but has not been a true threat on the tour the past few years, but after posting a 66 on Pebble Beach, he leads the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am with a 16-under after three rounds of golf.

Mickelson leads Hiroshi Iwata by two strokes after the Japanese professional hit a 69 on Spyglass Hill.

“It’s fun to just have a chance going into Sunday,” Mickelson said. “It’s great that I’m leading but it’s fun to be back in the thick of it, to have a chance like I did at Phoenix or the Hope. …

“So to head into tomorrow’s round at Pebble Beach with an opportunity is what I’ve been waiting for.”

Mickelson hit six birdies and no bogeys. He started on the back nine and hit a 32-foot, 11-inch putt on the 18th hole. He birdied the 11th and 17th as well and on the front nine he hit three-straight birdies on the fifth, sixth and seventh holes. He birdied three of the four par 3 holes.

Iwata holds strong for second, Kang drops

After back-to-back 66s on Pebble Beach and Monterey Peninsula, Hiroshi Iwara hit 69 on Spyglass Hill to remain near the top of the leaderboard with a 14-under through three rounds.

Through Iwata bogeyed on his first hold as he started on the back nine, he birdied four of the next seven to go three-under through seven holes. Iwata played even on the front nine, but was still able to remain in contention heading into the final round.

Sung Kang was unable to repeat his magic of the second round, when he hit 60, and settled for a 70 on Pebble Beach. He was still two-under and remains tied for third place. It is like Chez Reavie, who led after the first round because of one great score, but has hit in the 70s the next two rounds. Reavie is still seventh with an 11-under.

Day and Walker make big moves up

Jimmy Walker was only one-under after two rounds and barely made the cut, but he moved up 64 spots on the leaderboard and is tied for 11th with a nine-under after hitting a 63 on Pebble Beach, where everybody will play again on Sunday.

Walker opened the third round with a bogey, but hit six birdies and two eagles to finished nine-under on the day to get him in contention for great finish on day two.

Day followed his 66 in round to with a 68 in round three on Pebble Beach to move up five spots and into a tie for eighth place with a 10-under. Day had six birdies to overcome two birdies in the round.

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