Phil Mickelson shot a 2-under-par 70 yesterday at Spyglass Hill in the most miserable conditions of the Pebble Beach (Calif.) National Pro-Am, giving him a share of the lead with Kevin Sutherland and a great chance to put to rest any notion of a US Open hangover.
Sutherland got into the final group for the second time in three weeks with a birdie on his final hole at Poppy Hills for a 67 and joined Mickelson atop the leaderboard at 14-under 202.
John Mallinger, a 27-year-old rookie, had a 68 at Poppy and was one shot behind.
Jim Furyk had to take on rain that fell sideways in 20-mile-per-hour gusts at Pebble Beach, and it was costly. He hit a fairway metal for his second shot on the par-4 10th over the cliffs and took double bogey, and wound up with a 76.
Davis Love shot 70 at Spyglass and Corey Pavin shot 67 at Pebble. They were tied for fourth at 9-under 207. Furyk was in the group at 208. Vijay Singh was poised to move closer to the top until hitting a tee shot into the ocean, another shot over the corporate boxes on the 18th at Pebble, and making double bogey to shoot 71. He was eight shots behind, along with Tom Watson (72).
In the pro-am competition, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Rhode Island native Billy Andrade finished tied for 58th at 13 under.
Champions -- Jay Haas shot a 7-under 65 for a share of the second-round lead in the
European -- Argentina's Ricardo Gonzalez fired a 3-under 69 and Englishman Marcus Higley shot a 70 to share the lead at 7-under 209 heading into the final round of the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur.
Australian LPGA -- Karrie Webb knocked in 10 birdies for a course-record 62 at Royal Pines in Gold Coast and moved into a share of the lead at the ANZ Australian Ladies Masters with Michelle Ellis (68).